Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) – Bias and Credibility

Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission - Right Bias - Conservative - Christian - Not CredibleFactual Reporting: Mixed - Not always Credible or Reliable


These media sources are moderate to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information reporting that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.

  • Overall, we rate the ERLC as strongly right-biased and mixed for factual reporting based on unscientific claims.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic


The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest non-Catholic Christian denomination in the United States, with over 16 million members in over 43,000 independent churches. The stated vision of the ERLC is an “American society that affirms and practices Judeo-Christian values rooted in biblical authority.” Its stated mission is to “awaken, inform, energize, equip, and mobilize Christians to be the catalysts for the Biblically-based transformation of their families, churches, communities, and the nation.”

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Funded by / Ownership

ERLC is a nonprofit that is funded through donations.

Analysis / Bias

In review, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has a strong Christian Right bias in reporting. The ERLC is opposed to abortion and gay marriage, which are issues championed by the Christian Right. The Southern Poverty Law Center has also criticized the ERLC for having high-ranking members affiliated with anti-LGBTQ hate groups. The ERLC also promotes pseudosciences such as creationism and a 6000-year-old earth hypothesis. Essentially, this organization interprets the bible literally.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate the ERLC as strongly right-biased and mixed for factual reporting based on unscientific claims. (D. Van Zandt 8/30/2017) Updated (10/03/2022)


Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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