published Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Southern Baptist website blocked on military bases

NASHVILLE — The website for the Southern Baptist Convention is blocked on some military installations.

SBC spokesman Sing Oldham said the Department of Defense has assured denomination leaders that the blockage is a random event with no malicious intent. Even so, he called the blockage “deeply disturbing.”

In a statement to the media, Oldham said, “If the government has blocked any part of the website for any purpose that would be an unconscionable breach of trust with the American public.”

Oldham said today some installations can access the site while others cannot. He said the problem may involve a software issue.

The Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, with 16 million members.

A call to a Defense Department spokesman by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.

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