Spencer coined the term "alt-right" and has been the most outspoken leader of the white nationalist political movement after the election of President Donald Trump.
At an annual convention in Phoenix, they voted to "decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ".
On Tuesday afternoon, McKissic stood to introduce his resolution and ask why it was rejected.
The Resolutions Committee, he said, recognized that they had made a mistake and unanimously voted to request something of a parliamentary do-ver.
"We know from our Southern Baptist history the effects of the horrific sins of racism and hatred", the church resolution reads. After all, McKissic knows how to write resolutions-The Convention passed his 2014 resolution condemning the Confederate battle flag.
The new text of the resolution noted some of the convention's previous actions on race, including how Southern Baptists voted in 1995 to apologize for the role that slavery played in the convention's creation. The delegates, or messengers, overwhelmingly approved that resolution then gave a rousing ovation after its passage.
The original resolution was submitted by African-American pastor Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, who said he was "very pleased" with the outcome of the vote, though disturbed that it took some 24 hours to pass the resolution.
Duke even confirmed this when he said "Some of the ideology associated with certain people with the alt-right are certainly offensive to us", he said.
The presentation of both the "alt-right" and the "moral leadership" resolution at the SBC's annual meeting this week - and the decision previous year to call on Christians to stop displaying the Confederate flag - is noteworthy given Trump received support from 81 percent of white evangelicals during the 2016 presidential election. "It split off from other denominations, because the leaders of the nascent movement wanted to be able to hold slaves", Green says.
Even if you agree with some of the alt-right's political positions, you can see why Pastor McKissic would want his denomination to distance themselves a bit. "We can't undo the slavery aspect, but we can do all we can to engage every person", Levengood said. Failing to take the chance to condemn white supremacy could imply to outsiders-and the growing non-white minority within the SBC-that America's largest Protestant group won't speak out against the racists of today.
McKissic was not consulted when leaders were drafting the new resolution but conceded that the revised version was more generally worded and denounced white supremacy rather than the alt-right specifically. His resolution repudiated "retrograde ideologies, xenophobic biases and racial bigotries of the "alt-right" that seek to subvert our government". And Southern Baptists across social media were not happy about it.
Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, introduced the statement to the meeting explaining, "We are saying that white supremacy and racist ideologies are unsafe because they oppress our brothers and sisters in Christ".
Yet while he was pleased with the final vote, McKissic pointed out that gambling and other issues were voted on quickly, and he wondered aloud about the convention's deliberation when it came to denouncing white supremacy. Thabiti Anyabwile, a black Southern Baptist pastor, tweeted that "any "church" that can not denounce white supremacy without hesitancy and equivocation is a dead, Jesus denying assembly".
He said the resolutions committee's main beef with the resolution was "a few key phrases that left a few things unclear".
When newspapers and magazines started spreading the story, somehow the convention reverse course and made a decision to hear another draft of the resolution, angering some white people on social media (it's hard to tell if they are Baptist or not, because I consider all Caucasians to be Presbyterian).