By Bob Allen
Monday, November 14, 2011
HUDSON, N.C. (ABP) – A gay advocacy group has accused the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina of using a double standard when it comes to homosexuality.
The 4,000-church convention by policy excludes congregations that “knowingly act to affirm, approve, endorse, promote, support or bless homosexual behavior." At their recent annual meeting, North Carolina Baptists passed a resolution endorsing a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would ban gay marriage.
Because of its stated positions opposing homosexuality, Faith in America, which is based in Hudson, N.C., says the state convention needs to explain its close association with a financial firm recognized nationally for strong support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families.
According to its disclosure statement, the North Carolina Baptist Foundation employs Graystone Consulting, a division of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, to help manage assets that totaled $128 million at the close of 2009.
Morgan Stanley, the world’s largest brokerage firm, scores 100 percent on a Human Rights Campaign corporate equality index with regard to gays and lesbians. The company is listed as a corporate sponsor of the HRC, the largest civil-rights organization working for gay Americans.
Brent Childers, executive director of Faith in America, said in a statement that “you cannot escape what appears to be some hypocrisy” on the part of the state’s Southern Baptists.