On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the Southern Baptist Convention, which claims the world’s largest denomination, had banned the use of Christian Dior shoes in church.
The AP reported:The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association issued statements in response to the AP report on Thursday.
Both organizations said they had not yet reviewed the AP’s findings.
The AAP said that, while the organization does not endorse the use or sale of Christian shoes, the use and sale of Dior and other Christian-related products violates the group’s values.
The AMA said it “does not endorse any specific product.”
Both groups said the churches use of products does not violate their religious principles and that the use is part of their Christian heritage.
In its statement, the American Baptist Convention said it is “supportive of the use, promotion, and display of products that promote Christian ideals and practices and that are rooted in the Scriptures.”
The AP report said the Southern Baptists have been in the midst of a controversy over the use by some of their clergy to use the Dior logo on T-shirts and other products.
In March, the Southern California Baptist Convention suspended the use in its church, saying that the logo “was designed to represent a Christian worldview” and was “too widely associated with Christianity.”
The Southern Baptist convention is a powerful Christian denomination, with more than 1.2 million members and nearly 3 million active members.
The Southern Baptism is based in Florida.