Southern Baptist Leaders Refuse to Back Public School Pullout

There will be no Southern Baptist exodus from the nation's public schools, at least for now.

Leaders of the nation's largest Protestant denomination refused to support a resolution urging the creation of an “exit strategy” for pulling Southern Baptist children from public schools. The resolution would have expressed favor for home schools or private Christian schools.

The SBC's resolutions committee instead called on members to get involved by exerting “godly influence” on public schools, including running for seats on local school boards.

Many of the nation's 16.2 million Southern Baptists are concerned about how classrooms are handling subjects such as homosexuality and intelligent design.

The group's annual meeting wrapped up Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina.