The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s legislative and policy priorities for 2018 include the protection of human life, the preservation of freedom of conscience and the flourishing of families.
The ERLC released its new Legislative Agenda Wednesday (Jan. 31) after a year that featured several important victories among its 2017 priorities.
Those successes included:
— The issuance of new rules by the Trump administration to protect the religious liberty of objectors to the abortion/contraception mandate for employers instituted under President Obama.
— The nomination and confirmation of a pro-life Supreme Court justice in Neil Gorsuch.
— The quick selection of a new ambassador at large for international religious freedom, though the highly regarded Sam Brownback was not nominated by President Trump until July and not confirmed by the Senate until January 2018.
The ERLC’s 2018 agenda includes new issues but also some of the same goals as last year, said President Russell Moore and Travis Wussow, the entity’s general counsel and vice president for public policy. Many of the priorities “are long-term initiatives that will require incremental progress and a sustained commitment over time,” they said in the nine-page document.
The agenda’s priorities “reflect our mission as gospel Christians and Southern Baptists,” Moore said in a news release. “There is both real need and real opportunity to engage on important issues and see them through to legislative achievements.
“Whether it’s dealing with issues of religious freedom, human dignity, family stability or any other area of focus, we exist to serve churches and to stand for the common good,” Moore said. “As always, our goal is to be faithful in our witness and tireless in our advocacy, and I’m eager to join our team in engaging these issues in the year ahead.”
Wussow told Baptist Press in written comments, “We’re thankful for the victories secured in 2017, and we look forward to continuing to serve Southern Baptists in D.C. this year. We have a great, engaged team in D.C., and I’m proud to serve with them.”
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Source: Baptist Press