Rev. Brad Atkins, S.C. Baptist Convention President, Says Romney's Religion May Concern State Voters

12/19/2011 01:08 pm ET | Updated Dec 19, 2011
  • Andrew Moore and Reily Moore Taylors-Wade Hampton Patch

The new president of the S.C. Baptist Convention, a part of the Southern Baptist Convention (the largest religious group in the state with nearly 1,900 churches and 900,000 adherents in 2000), says the choice is clear.

The Rev. Brad Atkins, tabbed in November to lead the group for the coming year, said that while Gingrich's infidelities may represent a major obstacle for some Christian voters, told Patch on Friday that it isn't an issue that necessarily excludes the former speaker from consideration. Rather, it's an issue that calls for prayerful consideration of Gingrich's numerous public confessions to his wrongdoings.

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