Southern Baptist Convention Leader Richard Land: Out to Pasture, But Not Irrelevant

A profile of old guard conservative Southern Baptist leader Richard Land (below) in the National Journal reveals some interesting connections about how he drove the shift in conservative Christian politics over the last 10 years and the current Southern Baptist community’s evolution since his heyday.

Called “God’s Lobbyist” by TIME magazine, Land was pivotal to shifting the moderate Southern Baptists of the late 70s and early 80s to a firm line of conservative Christians with an eye toward aggressive political engagement, especially on issues of sexuality and reproduction.

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Obama’s Executive Order Barring Federal Contractors from LGBT Discrimination Will Not Include Religious Exemption

Despite calls from people like Pastor Rick Warren (below) to allow religious groups receiving federal contracts to discriminate against LGBT Americans, President Obama announced last night that his forthcoming executive order would not include any religious exemptions.

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For the Colorado State House Candidate Who Thinks the Penalty for Homosexuality Is “Spiritual Death”…

Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Republican nominee for the Colorado State House, made some awful comments on his show this week — you can see them for yourself here — so I made this just for him:

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The IRS Says It Will Finally Enforce the Rules Barring Pastors from Endorsing Candidates from the Pulpit

Back in November of 2012, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the IRS because of the government agency’s “failure to enforce electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations.” Basically, churches were endorsing political candidates from the pulpit and the IRS wasn’t doing anything to stop it. Part of the problem was that there was a vacancy in the position which normally handled those issues.

The IRS tried to quash this lawsuit before it could proceed but, last August, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman dismissed the IRS’ motion, allowing FFRF to move forward with their lawsuit.

Today, FFRF announced that it had reached a settlement with the IRS.

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AZ Gubernatorial Candidate Mad Because College Grads Are *Less* Likely to Want Teachers to Lead Classroom Prayers

Andrew Thomas (below), a Republican candidate to become the next governor of Arizona, said something during last night’s debate that I think all of you are going to appreciate… for reasons that would infuriate him.

Thomas, who was disbarred by the state’s Supreme Court in 2012 for “disgracefully misus[ing] the law,” was supposed to be talking about how to keep college affordable.

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