To call something a “Christian liberty” means it is NOT an essential to Christianity. Unlike the essential doctrines of the church, a liberty is something I am free to practice or not practice.
Is a person saved BECAUSE he repents and by faith believes in the finished work of Christ on the cross or is a person saved so that he can THEN by faith repent and believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross?
If a leader in the Southern Baptist Convention has earned a less than flattering portrait based on the choices, decisions and statements they have made, then the press needs to be free to present that perspective without any fear of recrimination, such as a loss of employment or reduction in pay.
The perception is that those who LEAD are going to do so for the sake of unity while those who do not work toward unity are not leaders but in fact troublemakers.
The Annual Meeting is a tightly orchestrated drama that pretends to have a certain spontaneity, but with the exception of candidate elections, almost everything else has been predetermined.