Moore supported mosque...but not Israel?

Friday, January 6, 2017
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Russell MooreThe embattled leader of a Southern Baptist organization is getting hit for another controversial cause: supporting construction of a New Jersey mosque.

"He doesn't belong there," Laurie Cardoza-Moore says of Russell Moore, who has led the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission since 2013.

The ERLC acts as an advocate for political and cultural concerns of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention, but Moore has drawn the ire from others in the denomination for his vocal opposition to Donald Trump's GOP nomination among other actions.

Moore got the attention of Cardoza-Moore when Moore included the ERLC in an amicus brief supporting the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge.

Cardoza-Moore

Approximately 16 other religious groups, many of them liberal in nature, filed briefs, too.

A federal judge ruled Dec. 31 that Bernards Township illegally blocked construction of the mosque by making unreasonable demands that weren't required of churches and synagogues.

Town leaders turned down the permit in December 2015, though public hearings have dragged on for several years, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The issue is not about the mosque in particular but about misplaced priorities, says Cardoza-Moore, who follows Islamism at her Tennessee-based Proclaiming Justice to the Nations ministry. 

UN anti-Israel voteWhy did a Baptist leader, she asks, go out of his way to support a religion that spreads Sharia law and is slaughtering Christians in the Middle East?

Cardoza-Moore adds that Moore and the ELRC, meanwhile, have said nothing after the Obama administration's controversial actions against Israel at the UN Security Council in recent weeks.

Israel has alleged that the United States not only abstained - allowing the anti-Israel resolution to pass - but worked behind the scenes to co-author the resolution and push for a vote. 

A search of the ERLC website by OneNewsNow produced no results for "Israel" or "UN Security Council" during the closing weeks of December.

There were also no press releases nor published statements by the ERLC after the Obama administration's abstention, OneNewsNow found.

"Why has the ERLC been silent on that issue?" Cardoza-Moore asks of the controversial UN vote. "But they want to support and build Islamic centers that preach and teach jihad?"

She suggests that Moore has aligned himself with a "marginal group" of left-leaning Baptists and should be removed from his leadership role at the ERLC.

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