These media sources are moderately 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 reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 43/180
Notes: 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”.
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 ERLC has also been criticized by the Southern Poverty Law Center for having high ranking members that are affiliated with anti-LGBTQ hate groups. The ERLC also promotes pseudosciences such as creationism and a 6000 year old earth hypothosis. Essentially, this organization interprets the bible literally. Overall, we rate the ERLC as strongly right biased and mixed for factual reporting based on many unscientific claims. (D. Van Zandt 8/30/2017)