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[ # ] The Cultural Impact of Baptists
January 8th, 2009 under Baptists

I read today that “The Centers for Disease Control released a new report today that found that Mississippi now has the nation’s highest teen pregnancy rate, displacing Texas and New Mexico for that lamentable title. As a Louisiana resident, I’ve always been thankful for Mississippi and Arkansas because sometimes these states are the only reason Louisiana doesn’t rank highest or lowest in some important statistic.

I was disappointed when Mississippi, a very Baptist state, allowed casinos to operate there. I thought this fact kind of exposed a hypocrisy among its Baptist brethren. I also find it disappointing that Mississippi, which is 33.81% Baptist, has the highest rate of teen pregnancy! I think Baptists there need to start doing something about this!

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[ # 51284 ] Comment from David [January 9, 2009, 8:22 am]

What would you have them do?

[ # 51430 ] Comment from howie [January 9, 2009, 8:45 pm]

Great question! I’m not sure.

[ # 52170 ] Comment from David [January 11, 2009, 5:25 am]

Of course you aren’t sure. In fact, you don’t have a clue. That is the first thing obvious about people criticizing others.

It is easy, really, really easy, to criticize other people. You know, sit on the sidelines and throw stones.

Are you really perfect enough to throw the first stone?

[ # 52698 ] Comment from howie [January 12, 2009, 2:32 am]

Throwing a stone? If you’d read more of my blog you’d know I am a pretty humble guy and don’t just throw stones. I was merely raising a question.

I think raising questions are good (I know that many Baptists do not). When you see a disconnect and point it out then maybe something can be done. I’m glad that a few of my baptist brethren raised questions about racism and segregation in Mississippi a few years back.

It’s by ignoring issues that we maintain hurtful practices.

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