Southern Baptists Still Back Bush, Iraq War

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The head of public policy for the
Southern Baptist Convention said today an overwhelming majority of
Baptists still support President Bush and his handling of the Iraq

In an interview with The Associated Press, Richard Land said the
war hasn't significantly eroded the president's support.

Land noted that exit polls show about 84 percent of Southern
Baptists voted for Bush in 2004. But recent polls show Republicans
losing ground with moderate evangelicals.

Land said -- quote -- ``I'm not ready to throw in the towel on
Iraq yet.''

Land is the president of the Washington, D-C-based Ethics and
Religious Liberty Commission, the convention's public policy arm.

The Nashville-based S-B-C is the largest Protestant denomination
in the U-S with over 16 million members.

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