Russell D. Moore is an American evangelical theologian, ethicist, preacher, and President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (Baptist Press).
Russell Moore on not voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton:
"Yes, I will be writing in a candidate this year and the reason for that is simple. The life issue can not flourish in a culture of misogyny and sexual degradation. The life issue can not flourish when you have people calling for the torture and murder of innocent non-combatants. The life issue can not flourish when you have people who have given up on the idea that character matters. If you lose an election you can live to fight another day and move on, but if you lose an election while giving up your very soul then you have really lost it all, and so I think the stakes are really high.
And I think the issue, particularly, when you have people who have said, and we have said, and I have said for twenty years the life issue matters, and the life issue is important… When you have someone who is standing up race baiting, racist speech, using immigrants and others in our communities in the most horrific ways and we say ‘that doesn’t matter’ and we are part of the global body of Christ simply for the sake of American politics, and we expect that we are going to be able to reach the nations for Christ? I don’t think so, and so I think we need to let our yes be yes and our no be no and our never be never." --Caffeinated Thoghts
June 21, 2015: Christian Post: Charleston Shooting: Take Down Confederate Flag, Russell Moore Says; Lindsey Graham, Others Disagree
The fatal shooting of nine unarmed African Americans in a South Carolina church by a white assailant has reignited the debate whether the Confederate Battle flag is a symbol of Southern heritage or a relic of white supremacy. Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore is calling for the Confederate flag to be taken down, but South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is defending it.
July 17, 2015: Baptist News Global: Moore hopes Planned Parenthood controversy will galvanize pro-life evangelicals
Russell Moore, president of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said in a July 16 podcast interview with the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger that he is hoping “for massive turnout of born-again Christians” at a pro-life event his agency is co-sponsoring with Focus on the Family in January.
June 20, 2015: Huffington Post: Russell Moore Still Thinks The Religious Right Will Win The Fight Over Gay Marriage
Russell Moore still thinks the religious right will win the battle against same-sex marriage. Oh, not at the Supreme Court later this month -- like nearly everyone else, Moore is almost positive the right will lose there. But the long game... that, he says, could be a different story.
Apr 21, 2015: Russell Moore: Moore To the Point: Should Christians Care about Earth Day?
Apr 8, 2015: BCNN: Russell Moore Issues a Call to Prayer for Marriage and the Supreme Court
Apr 7, 2015: BCNN: The Atlantic Asks: Can Southern Baptists Who are Dedicated to Personal Responsibility Formulate a Collective Response to the Sin of Racism?
“Racial reconciliation is not something that white people do for other people,” proclaimed Russell Moore in March. Moore, a white man from Mississippi, was opening a meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, with an eminently tweetable, infinitely complicated call to end racial division within the church.
Apr 6, 2015: Baptist Press: Ind., Ark. diverge on religious liberty
Russell Moore, Southern Baptists' lead church-state specialist, applauded Hutchinson and Arkansas lawmakers for establishing "a model of strong protection of soul freedom for all citizens." "I wish Gov. Pence had shown the same leadership," he said.
Sept 18, 2014: Baptist Press: Moore to Reid: Vote on relig. freedom post
Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, urged Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday (Sept. 18) to permit a Senate vote on the nomination of David Saperstein to the post, which has been vacant since October 2013. Saperstein is director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
May 18, 2014: Thoughtlife: Is Rachel Held Evans’s Use of “God Herself” Biblically Faithful?
Grounding her attacks in an oft-cited instinct for justice, Evans has—by my count—mocked and opposed the following in just the last few years: The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, The Gospel Coalition, Together for the Gospel, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Seminary, Desiring God Ministries, Al Mohler, John Piper, Russell Moore, Tim Challies, Mark Driscoll, myself, Denny Burk, Andrew Walker, Doug Wilson, Jared Wilson, and the list goes on.
May 10, 2014: WND: 'Nuclear bomb' hits Christian talk radio
Some are demanding an apology from Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, following comments he made during a lecture at the 2014 ERLC Leadership Summit April 22 in Nashville.