BWA General Council Resolution 1981.1
Affirming the Baptist heritage of religious liberty which has, from its inception, upheld the right of all people to practice and propagate their religious faith without let or hindrance;
- We welcome the proposed United Nations “Declaration on the Elimination of all Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religious Belief.”
- We accept it is generally consistent with the cherished heritage of Baptists and with manifestos and resolutions of numerous Baptist World Alliance Congresses.
- We observe that, while its adoption would not give it the effect of law and would not bring about an immediate change in the practice of Governments, it would have strong moral force in the affairs of the nations.
- We strongly commend the proposed Declaration and urge its adoption by the United Nations.
- We encourage our member bodies, with this end in view, to communicate to the Foreign Ministries of their respective Governments the desire that such Governments support the Declaration in the vote of the General Assembly.
Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1981 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1981.
Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1981 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1981), p. 37.
Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1981.1 United Nations Declaration Concerning Religious “Intolerance and Discrimination”; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.
In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1981.1).
BWA World Congress Resolution 1990.3
The world has recently experienced the blessing of the destruction of walls and divisive restrictions which have separated nations and families.
The blessing of freedom and the opportunity of achieving potentials of both individuals and groups has been experienced by a large numbers of persons and nations.
Movements fostering even greater opportunities for many seem to be developing in growing areas and societal environments.
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED by the Baptist World Congress, meeting in Seoul Korea, August 13- 18, 1990, that we express our gratitude to God for these developments and their enlarging opportunities that we call upon all persons and governments to acknowledge the equal value of human beings and seek to open the opportunities of freedom to those who do not year experience these, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we express opposition to intolerance and persecution wherever these may arise. We particularly decry the use of religion to justify intolerance and persecution; and further we are appalled that anti-Semitic practices and slogans have again surfaced. We therefore declare our opposition to all forms of religious intolerance and persecution.
Original Source Bibliography: Ryan, Wendy E., editor. Together in Christ: Official Report of the Sixteenth Congress, Seoul, Korea, August 14-19, 1990. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1990.
Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Wendy E. Ryan, ed., Together in Christ: Official Report of the Sixteenth Congress, Seoul, Korea, August 14-19, 1990 (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1990), p. 160.
Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1990.3 Religious Persecution; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.
In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1990.3).