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ADL: Southern Baptists Were Right To Condemn ‘Alt-Right’

The Anti-Defamation League applauded last week’s resolution from the Southern Baptist Convention condemning the “alt-right,” calling the group “insidious and hateful.”

“Steps like those of the SBC to clearly repudiate the movement go a long way toward raising awareness of the danger of the alt-right,” wrote the ADL’s Rabbi David Sandmel in an op-ed at Religion News Service.

Sandmel framed the convention’s move in the context of what the ADL described as a general rise in intolerance, including the trolling of Jewish journalists on social media, as well as the harassment of Muslims and immigrants.

“At a time when nooses and racist flyers are cropping up with shocking regularity on college campuses, and when swastikas and other graffiti have appeared at Jewish institutions and cemeteries,” Sandmel wrote, “it is imperative that major religious denominations step up and denounce this insidious and hateful movement, which is encouraging this activity.”

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