(NPR) Southern Baptists are one of the most reliably Republican religious groups in the U.S. But in a week when the party’s presumptive presidential nominee has expanded on his proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, the Southern Baptist Convention is taking a different approach.

During the annual meeting of Southern Baptist churches in St. Louis, participants weighed in on a variety of hot-button issues, among them the controversy over refugee resettlement.

Participants voted to approve a resolution urging Southern Baptist churches and families to welcome refugees, affirming “that refugees are people loved by God, made in His image, and that Christian love should be extended to them as special objects of God’s mercy in a world that has displaced them from their homelands.”

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