Conservative activist to speak at CCB meeting
March 27 2003 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

Conservative activist to speak at CCB meeting | Friday, March 28, 2003

Friday, March 28, 2003

Conservative activist to speak at CCB meeting

By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor

A layman widely credited with turning the Missouri Baptist Convention in a decidedly conservative direction will speak to Baptist conservatives in North Carolina next month.

Roger Moran, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and research director of the Missouri Baptist Laymen's Association, will be the guest speaker at the Conservative Carolina Baptist (CCB) spring rally April 24. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church in Greensboro.

Moran's group is credited with leading a conservative turn in the Missouri Baptist Convention. They published and distributed articles intending to link the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) and moderate Baptists to liberal groups.

Moran's topic at the CCB meeting will be "How Loyal Missouri Baptists Prevented a CBF Takeover," according to a card sent to Baptist State Convention (BSC) pastors and other N.C. Baptists.

The BSC's giving Plan C, which allows churches to contribute to CBF, has faced criticism from conservatives who say the giving plans should only support the BSC and the Southern Baptist Convention. A special committee is studying whether Plan C is in line with the BSC constitution.

CBF offers moderate Baptists a missions and ministry alternative to the conservative-dominated Southern Baptist Convention.

Steve Hardy, editor of CCB's newsletter, said "a lot of people" told CCB officials that they'd like to hear Moran speak.

When asked if some people might consider Moran to be controversial, Hardy said, "There are people who feel that way about Dan Vestal. I don't think he'll be any more controversial than Dan Vestal."

Vestal, the coordinator of CBF, was in North Carolina recently for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina meeting.

In 1999, Vestal and Moran exchanged letters over articles put out by Moran's group. Vestal asked Moran to stop distributing the materials, "apologize publicly" for his actions and "seek reconciliation" with "Christian brothers and sisters."

Moran said he believes his information is factual and in context and said he would retract the material if it were shown to be inaccurate.

Moran's critics say he relies on guilt by association. Supporters say he is simply stating facts.

CCB has printed articles based largely on Moran's research. His material has also been widely distributed in other states.

When asked if Moran's visit signals that CCB hopes to accomplish in North Carolina what Moran and his group carried out in Missouri, Hardy said, "We have a spring rally every year. He is the speaker for our spring rally. That's all that's behind this. End of discussion."

When asked to elaborate, Hardy said, "We don't have an agenda. You're really trying to read something into this that isn't there."

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3/27/2003 11:00:00 PM by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor | with 0 comments
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