Richard Land’s comments about the Trayvon Martin case — which were both plagiarized and intolerant — have come back to haunt him. His radio show has been canceled and there have been calls for him to step down:
Land’s comments upset many black Southern Baptist leaders, one of whom called for Land’s resignation. The controversy got more intense when a blogger revealed that Land’s commentary was copied nearly verbatim from an editorial in The Washington Times, although Land did not credit the newspaper on the air.
After an investigation, the trustees board of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission reprimanded Land for the comments and the plagiarism. Land, who is the commission’s president, has previously apologized for both.
Land heads the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. That’s a fancy way of saying he’s their spokesperson on national affairs, basically the front man on political issues. He’s their lead general in the culture wars. He’s anti marriage equality, anti contraception, anti choice, anti single mothers, anti divorce, anti Obamacare (cuz, what would Jesus do, after all?), anti-Democratic Party, anti pretty much everything a good liberal would be for.
What is Richard Land for? He was for the war in Iraq, calling it a “just war.” Repeatedly. He lusted after a war in Iraq so badly he penned a dozen or more columns about it. Even tried to sell the idea that Martin Luther King Jr. would have wanted a war in Iraq. He thought the war in Afghanistan was a grand idea, too. And he blamed Abu Ghraib on secularism, not the moral failure that was the Iraq War itself.
Richard Land hates gays and gay marriage and gay couples who have been together for 20 years but can’t have the same legal protections as any other married couple but he loves, loves, loves our little imperialistic wars. Christians who love war but hate loving committed relationships are hypocrites in my book.
He also hates “Obamacare” and called it a “government takeover of healthcare.” He decried obstruction of President Bush’s judicial nominees but remained silent when Republicans did the same thing to President Obama’s.
Wading through the archives over at the ERLC is quite an education. Richard Land of the 1990s was not nearly the partisan hack that he is today. The brazen electioneering for the Republican Party and obvious regurgitation of GOP talking points were far less blatant back then. The 1990s-era Richard Land had a smidgen of independent thought, but that Richard Land is long gone. The Richard Land of today is a Republican Party tool. His very existence at the top of the Southern Baptist Convention is reason enough to yank the Convention’s non-profit status.
And now this good little foot soldier for movement conservatism did what he was supposed to do, attack Trayvon Martin as a means of stoking conservative racial fears. Ah, but the poor guy was busy that week, he had a lot on his plate, so he took his opinions straight from the Moonie Times (that religious conservatives like Richard Land find Rev. Sun Myung Moon a kindred spirit tells you all you need to know about the depth of their religious convictions). Woopsies. Busted.
And this is why no one wants to join your stupid, intolerant little club of bigots and haters.
And I guess he also forgot about the SBC’s own ugly racial history which they are still battling and which has prompted the denomination to elect its first African American leader.
I have to wonder how Land’s blatant shilling for an increasingly extremist and racist Republican Party will fly in the era of Rev. Fred Luter Jr.? I predict Land will be retiring to spend more time with his family in the next year or so.