Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas Tuesday, reaffirming to the group that religious freedom is under attack in the United States and Christians are being persecuted into silence.
"One thing that we all know is that the onslaught against religious liberty is going to continue to come in the coming years," Abbott said. "And now, more than ever, we need your help to respond to this challenge."
Abbott also thanked the group for their prayers following the Santa Fe High School shooting last month, where 10 people were killed, and implored the organization to help lead the fight against the war on religious liberty as some try to “silence the faithful and remove God from the public square.”
The SBC’s annual meeting is being held under the cloud of Paige Patterson, who was recently removed as President of the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth after he allegedly mistreated a rape victim and comments resurfaced in which he appeared to brush aside domestic abuse.
Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak at the event Wednesday afternoon.