by Max Brantley
The Arkansas Baptist State Convention this week urged Baptists to cast their ballots in accordance with "Christian principles and our nation's Christian heritage."
Christian principles, according to this group, includes voting against providing homes for children in need unless a married couple can be found to look after them. Otherwise, an orphanage will just have to do. Single people and unmarried people, no matter how close their relationship to the needy children in question, are unfit to these good Baptists. Lotteries aren't Christian either. No specifics were mentioned in the convention's resolutions on partisan races, but I think you can guess where they fall as to the presidential race. It would not be in favor of the candidate with the richer history of Christian church attendance, Barack Obama.
Nonetheless, vote AGAINST INITIATED ACT 1. The kids will appreciate it, even if the Baptist Convention does not.