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Baptists say Disney boycott working
SALT LAKE CITY — The Southern
Baptists' boycott of Disney is bothering the Magic Kingdom and members
should keep it up, a Baptist official
said last Wednesday at the faith's
This boycott has traction. This boycott has legs. It Is bothering Disney,"
said Richard Land, president of the
faith's Ethics & Religious Liberty
He offered no specifics on how well
the boycott was working or what damage it had done to the corporation.
Disney spokesman John - Dreyer
said the boycott isn't bothering the
company's bottom line. Disney's revenue, earnings and amusement park
attendance all set records last year, he
"I don't think we've seen any impact
from it," Dreyer said.
Land repeatedly pointed to Disney
chairman Michael Eisner's interviews
wilh the media about the boycott as
proof that Southern Baptists were
making an Impact,
"If we weren't bothering Mickey's
Empire. Mr. Eisner wouldn't be
attacking us. You keep doing what's
right." Land told about 8.500 "messengers." as delegates are called.
attending the Salt Lake City convention.
The Southern Baptists are protesting Disney's corporate practice of
extending health insurance to homosexual partners of employees and of
hosting homosexual and lesbians at
its amusement parks and have called
on members lo boycoll Disney amusement parks and movies.
Mention of lhe boycoll comes as the
Southern Baptists, Ihe nation's
largest Protestanl denomination, pro
claimed this week lhat "a wife is to
submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband, even as the
church willingly submits to the headship, of Christ."
The Southern Baptist Convention
overwhelmingly adopted the first
change to The Baptlsl Faith and
Message document In 35 years, min*
: new president
who long has been tin* scoucge of liberals and moderates.
While husband and wile are of equal
worth before Cud, a husband should
provide lor, protect and lead the family, and a wile has "the God given
responsibility to respect her husband
and to serve as his helper' in managing iheir household and nurturing the
The new article on tin* family also
defines marriage as "ihe uniting ot one
man and one woman in covenant
commitment for a lifetime.*
Nearly 8.300 messengers, or delegates, wrapped up their annual convention on Thursday.
The statement grabbed the nation's
attention. The new article added to the
Baptist Faith and Message was the
first change in the statement of beliefs
by the nearly 16 million-member
church in 35 years. It was one of the
more controversial church guidelines
in recent memory: two of lhe nation's
more prominent Baptists — President
Clinton and Vice President <*\1 Gore —
said Ihey didn't exactly agree wilh the
Maxine Hanks, a feminist author
and excommunicated Mormon, said
the new Baptist article on marriage
shows conservative religions are moving closer togeiher on moral and social
issues, though they slill differ drasti
cally on theological matters.
"This notion of women being submissive lo male authority is terribly
out of balance ami it prevents these
churches from evolving int o t he
enlightened Christian ideal they
claim." she said.
The Southern Baptists are going the
opposite direction from mosi other
denominations, which have taken a
more egalitarian stand on the relationship between husband and wife.
Frank Ruff, a Roman Catholic priesl
who is the liaison to the Southern
Baptists from the National Conference
of Catholic Bishops, said the new aiii
cle will only hurl the Baptists' evange
lizing. He said the word "submit" has
Come to mean oppressive domination.
The convention's new president,
Paige Patterson, said during a press
conference last Tuesday thai the 20
years of controversy were a necessary
in self-definition. Soulhern
Baptists, he said, needed thai time lo
"unify hearts and minds to carry out
what Chrisl expects us to do."
And that is to evangel i/o. which
Patterson said will be tlie preoccupa
Uon oi his presidency. That's the pas
sion of my soul," he told reporters,
ion said be has set a goal of
500.000 baptisms in tlie United Slates
and ,r>00,000 overseas by the year
Patterson's revolution has fostered
divisions with in Ihe stall* eon veil I ions,
1,500 alienated "moderate" churches
on Ihe verge ol seceding and the loss
of a half dozen Baptist colleges.
Also last Tuesday, the proponent ol
■ ;'■-, Wall Disney Co. boycott
proposed lhal Southern Baptists pull
Iheir year 2000 convention out ol
Orlando. Fla., and move il lo New York
to further hurl ihe Disney company.
Disney World and lhe coin; i
newest theme park are in Orlando.
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