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Army Accidentally Blocks Southern Baptist Convention's Website

SBC spokesman urged Christians not to 'rush to judgment' that military deems denomination's beliefs as 'hostile.'

Editor's note: Baptist Press is funded by the Southern Baptist Convention. Todd Starnes, who raised the incident in a Fox News story, is a former Baptist Press editor.

NASHVILLE (BP) – Shortly after a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) spokesman urged Christians not to "rush to judgment" that the military had targeted and blocked the denomination's website, a military official says malware was to blame.

Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, a Defense Department spokesman, said the military's software filters detected malware at SBC.net and blocked the website. The malware since has been removed off the website, and the denomination's website unblocked, he said.

"The Department of Defense is not intentionally blocking access to this site," Pickart toldThe Tennessean in an email. "The Department of Defense strongly supports the religious rights of service members, to include their ability to access religious websites like that of the SBC."

Social media sites were buzzing Thursday (April 25) over allegations ...

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