Southern Baptist Leader Leaves 'Mosque Coalition'

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A Southern Baptist Convention leader says his denomination believes the religious coalition developed to monitor "mosque discrimination" in the United States is crossing the line to promote Islam.

Richard Land, long-time president of the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, withdrew from the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques, Tuesday.

He said the Southern Baptist Convention believes the coalition, which was developed last year to defend religious freedom, goes too far to support Muslims.

CBN News spoke with Richard Land about his decision to withdraw from the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques.  Click play for his comments.

"Evidently, Southern Baptists feel that it's a bridge too far for us to be filing suit on behalf of Muslims," Land said. "I'm a denominational servant and as that I have a two-fold role -- one is prophetic and the other is representative -- and that balance can get kind of tricky."

"I will still, in my prophetic role, call for Southern Baptists and all Americans to defend and advocate for complete religious freedom," he added.

Land said he didn't quit the coalition because of his convictions, but because of his responsibility to uphold views of the SBC.

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