Those crazy Southern Baptists are at it again. This week they're having a tiff over how the Annuity Board invests money. Seems some of the companies have indirect ties to things like gambling, pornography, and alcohol. (I guess they weren't aware that there are only about five multi-nationals left in the world, so almost everything can be traced back to them.)
Board Presidenst O.S. Hawkins said:
While we are against alcohol and pornography, almost any hotel you could choose to stay in will have a bar in its lobby or may have some option for offensive movies on its cable selection. But we all use those hotels. We all fly on airlines that serve alcohol, even though it is morally repugnant to us. Companies benefit far more from individuals purchasing their products than they do from individuals owning their stock.
By offensive movies, I assume he means The Fast and the Furious, You Got Served, or The Passion of the Christ. I don't think that last one is on pay-per-view yet. Also, it's good to know they're against alcohol and pornography. I thought maybe the Baptists had changed their minds about pornography. Last poll I read said there was no difference between the number of pornographic movies rented during a pastor's convention as during a normal business convention. It's good to be against things.
However, I must take issue with morally repugnant in regard to drinking. I find it hard to believe that Jesus engaged in something we would call morally repugnant. (Actually, I'd never call anything repugnant. It's a nerd word.) Now I know this comes as a surprise to Adrian Rogers and Jack Graham, but Jesus actually drank wine, not grape juice. Of course, had they been around back then, they might have been upset about the tax collectors, hookers, and ne'er do wells hanging around. Most of the SBC folks I know are Republicans after all, and you only want hookers around during the Republican National Convention. (No, I'm not a Democrat.)
And that last bit, "companies benefit far more from individuals...," sounds strangely like an attempt at justification. You heard it from the Southern Baptist Convention, folks, don't rent pornographic movies! It's a sin; instead, invest in the companies that make them. That way you can benefit a lot, and they will only benefit a little.