2000 October 19

Jimmy Carter Breaks with Southern Baptist Convention


Former president Jimmy Carter broke with the Southern Baptist Convention on this day, ending a life-long relationship, because of their differences over a range of social and political issues.

Jimmy Carter was a lifelong Baptist and arguably the most sincerely religious president in modern times. When he ran for president in 1976, he announced that he was “born again” and was elected in part because of support from evangelical Protestants, particularly in the South. He soon came into conflict with evangelical Christians because of his support for abortion rights (although he personally opposed abortion) and opposition to prayer in public schools. He was not reelected in 1980, in part because evangelical Christians abandoned him in favor of Republican Ronald Reagan.

Read Jimmy Carter on matters of faith: Jimmy Carter, Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis (2006)

Learn more at the Carter Center: http://www.cartercenter.org/index.html

Watch Jimmy Carter discuss religion and President Reagan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6K7iP6M6ZQ

Find a Day

Abortion Rights ACLU african-americans Alice Paul anti-communism Anti-Communist Hysteria Birth Control Brown v. Board of Education Censorship CIA Civil Rights Civil Rights Act of 1964 Cold War Espionage Act FBI First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment freedom of speech Free Speech Gay Rights Hate Speech homosexuality Hoover, J. Edgar HUAC Japanese American Internment King, Dr. Martin Luther Ku Klux Klan Labor Unions Lesbian and Gay Rights Loyalty Oaths McCarthy, Sen. Joe New York Times Obscenity Police Misconduct Same-Sex Marriage Separation of Church and State Sex Discrimination Smith Act Spying Spying on Americans Vietnam War Voting Rights Voting Rights Act of 1965 War on Terror Watergate White House Women's Rights Women's Suffrage World War I World War II Relocation Camps


Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear your comments, criticisms and suggestions!