It's been quite a run for Al Gore. Briefly:
1969: Army journalist
1979: First person to appear on C-SPAN
1984: U.S. Senator
1993: Vice President
2000: Popular vote winner/Supreme Court loser
2007: Oscar winner
That last one caught us by surprise, too. But when Gore was named Baptist of the Year
last week at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta, that's exactly what Robert Parham called him:
In an introduction of Gore, Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics, called the former Democratic presidential nominee a "Baptist prophet" and appeared to criticize the Southern Baptist Convention for its failure to commend Gore for his achievements. He also presented Gore with a "Baptist of the Year Award."
Parham formerly worked with the Southern Baptist Convention's Christian Life Commission (now the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission) but left during the transition toward conservative leadership in the convention.
"We have with us today a Baptist prophet who is so unacceptable that the Baptist establishment in his hometown of Nashville neither acknowledged his winning the Nobel Peace Prize nor honored with coverage his notable Nobel lecture," Parham said. "Prophets are unacceptable because their truth is inconvenient."
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