Southern Baptist Convention Elects Its First Black President
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Southern Baptist Convention Elects Its First Black President

The Southern Baptist Convention was formed to support slavery before the Civil War.  It resisted integration and opposed the civil rights movement until it officially "apologized" for racism in 1995. Now the nation's biggest Protestant denomination is about to choose its first black president. Also, the dismissal of Pakistan's Prime Minister leaves the government in disarray, and Yankee Pitcher Roger Clemens has been acquitted of lying to Congress, but the sports pages are still full of suspicion about performance-enhancing drugs.  What about the Hall of Fame?

Banner image: Rev. Fred Luter, who is expected to become the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention

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The Southern Baptist Convention Makes History ()

The Southern Baptist Convention, born before the Civil War in defense of slavery, was a bastion of white supremacists through the civil rights movement and into the 1990's. It was only twenty years ago that America's largest Protestant denomination apologized for "institutionalized racism" and resistance to civil rights. Now it's poised to choose its first African American President this week in New Orleans. Is this a one-time event or recognition of the need to reach out to blacks, Latinos and Asians in a changing America?

Note: After we taped today's feature, Luter was elected SBC president

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Clemens and Armstrong: Who Cares about Doping? ()

A jury deliberated for just a day and a half before acquitting former Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens of lying to Congress when he denied using performance enhancing drugs. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, the federal government offered no excuse for its failed prosecution. What about Lance Armstrong? Do sports fans really care? John Hoberman is professor at the University of Texas in Austin and author of several books including, The Olympic Crisis: Sport, Politics and the Moral Order and Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodesia, Doping.

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