“The book text will be corrected in future editions, and I have sent a personal apology to Dr. Rogers’ family for any aspersions that were aroused against him because of my writing or comments,” the former president said.

Smith said he is “delighted that President Carter will be correcting future editions of Our Endangered Values and that he has apologized to the Rogers family.” But Smith said he is unsatisfied with Carter’s refusal to explain why he keeps using the story in public remarks.

“Left unanswered by either his e-mail or letter is why President Carter repeated this claim in the book and in a Nov. 22 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,” Smith said, “even though Rogers disputed it in a private meeting with the president after Carter made the claim during the 2001 Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly.”

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