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October 6, 1999






ERLC urges messengers
to keep Disney boycott
___NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--If you're thinking about attending the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., next summer and taking the family to Disney World at the same time, trustees of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission hope you'll think again.
___During their Sept. 14-15 meeting, ERLC trustees passed a resolution urging messengers to the SBC meeting to avoid the temptation of Disney's close proximity and keep faith with a boycott called by the denomination two years ago.
___They want Southern Baptists to know the 1997 resolution calling for a boycott of all Disney products has not been rescinded. Messengers attending the annual meeting in Salt Lake City supported the boycott idea, although many other Southern Baptists decried the boycott action.
___Trustees also approved establishment of a research institute to advise the ERLC in areas of morality, public policy and religious liberty. Members of the institute will produce "scholarly, yet practical" materials, according to trustee documents.
___The institute will allow an opportunity for "thoughtful research" on cultural and moral matters, said trustee David Willets of Tulsa, Okla.
___Founding members of the institute include Paige Patterson, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and SBC president; Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; David Dockery, president of Union University; Timothy George, dean of the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University; Russ Bush, academic vice president at Southeastern Seminary; Danny Akin, vice president for academic administration at Southern Seminary; Steve Lemke, vice president for academic affairs at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Ben Mitchell, assistant professor of bioethics and contemporary culture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and Don Buckley, a Pensacola, Fla., physician.
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