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London newspaper places Southern Baptists on top 200 'most influential' list


LONDON (BP) — A London newspaper recently published a list of the most influential conservative and liberal Americans, and Southern Baptists on both sides of the political spectrum made the cut.

The Daily Telegraph published its list of top 200 conservatives and liberals in America on its website Nov. 3.

Topping the conservative side, the head of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Richard Land, ranks at No. 65. Other Southern Baptists making the cut on the conservative side include former House speaker Newt Gingrich at No. 4; former GOP House majority leader Tom DeLay, No. 35; Sen. Tom Coburn, R.-Okla., No. 43; actor Chuck Norris, No. 71; and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, No. 81.

On the liberal side is Southern Baptist and former President Bill Clinton at No. 1 and former President Jimmy Carter, at No. 72. House majority leader Steny Hoyer, D.-Md., also a Southern Baptist, is at No. 50 on the list.

Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz., also a candidate for president, ranked ninth in the tally of conservatives. He has been attending a Southern Baptist church for several years.