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Prohibition agents destroy barrels of alcohol during the U.S. ban on the manufacture, sale and transportation of liquor. Photo from Wikimedia Commons
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NASHVILLE (BP) -- When the 18th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago and prohibition became law of the land, the Southern Baptist Convention called it "the greatest victory for moral reform in America since the Declaration of Independence." The convention's jubilance came in part because Southern Baptists had worked at least three decades to secure legal prohibition. They saw the 18th Amendment as a culmination of their labor. They also had come to view prohibition advocacy as a defining mark of Baptist identity. Still, Southern Baptists wondered whether the anti-alcohol effort that helped bring about prohibition would persist. Read More