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      Southern Baptists address prisoners, trafficking

      The Southern Baptist Convention tackled topics at its annual meeting this week that seemed to show a concern for a broadening array of social issues. Those included human trafficking and the country's high rate of incarceration.


      HOUSTON (AP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention tackled topics at its annual meeting this week that seemed to show a concern for a broadening array of social issues. Those included human trafficking and the country's high rate of incarceration.


      While a resolution expressing opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy on gay Scouts was much anticipated, some other resolutions weren't. And even the Boy Scout resolution took a softer tone than many had expected. It didn't urge Southern Baptists to drop all ties with the Scouts.


      This year's resolutions could reflect a growing ethnic diversity within the nation's largest Protestant denomination and new leadership in some key positions.


      Last year, the convention elected an African-American president for the first time in its history. The Rev. Fred Luter was re-elected without opposition Tuesday.


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