Baptists, Southerners appalled by Richard Land

“Racialist-ist” Richard Land remains employed, and unchastened, as the official “ethics” spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention.

Robert Parham: “SBC Official’s Radio Rant Advances No Moral Good

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the Sanford, Fla., police department’s handling of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, what moral good is advanced by a Southern Baptist Convention official accusing black leaders of being “race hustlers” and President Obama of pouring “gasoline on the racialist fires”?

The answer, of course, is none. No moral good is advanced.

The only thing accomplished is the feeding of the deep-seated resentment toward people of color held by some white Southern Baptists.

Yet Richard Land, the SBC’s public policy official, made reckless statements on his radio show, stoking the fires of anger toward people of color, the media and the administration.

Jim West: “Richard Land Only Represents Richard Land

You know who’s a publicity ambulance chaser? Richard Land. On behalf of all sensible Southern Baptists, we apologize for people like Richard Land. He doesn’t represent us but he sure seems bent on ruining us.

Wendell Griffen: “Does SBC Leader’s Rant Reflect God’s Love?

Land’s rant against civil rights leaders reminds me why I ended my relationship with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Southern Baptists opposed practically everything Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference tried to do in the name of social justice.

They denounced King for trying to desegregate buses in Montgomery, Ala.

They denounced King for pressing for voting rights for black citizens.

They denounced King for opposing the unjust U.S. war in southeast Asia.

They denounced King for standing with sanitation workers in Memphis and poor people everywhere in the cause of economic justice.

Michael R. Burch: “Richard Land’s lost at sea again

Richard Land is at sea again, this time headlining the front page of the Tennessean after calling black religious leaders “race hustlers” and other nasty, provocative names on his “Richard Land Live!” radio show.

Land is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. But as an ethicist, he leaves a lot to be desired, as does his church, which remains trapped in the dungeons of Dark Age bigotry and intolerance.

 

  • http://mistformsquirrel.deviantart.com/ JJohnson

    And this is their ethics guy.  Nice.

    It’s like hiring Rod Blagojevich or George Ryan to keep an eye out for corruption.

  • JonathanPelikan

    Or like putting Newt Gingrich on a racial reconciliation committee.

  • http://leftcheek.blogspot.com Jas-nDye

    That reminds me I gotta finish my Abortion Juking post soon. Stupid tiredness…

    http://leftcheek.blogspot.com/2012/04/richard-land-southern-baptists.html

  • Matri

    Ba-dum-TISH!

  • Deggjr

    For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

  • Münchner Kindl

    Similarly to the RCC and the abuse scandal, members of the SBC must ask themselves where the line is that when crossed – and if standing up and voicing their disagreement with their leadership doesn’t get results – they must leave the church as visible sign because otherwise they are implicitly agreeing with the policy and actions of said church/ group.

    And unlike the RCCs, for Baptists it should be much easier to draw that line, because they don’t depend on a particular church for salvation. If a Catholic says “I can not draw a line because salvation is only inside the church” he has at least a theoretical point. A baptist can’t say the same, so refusal to draw a line is only an admission of being an amoral person.

  • Tricksterson

    So a Baptist doesn’t think a Methodist or Catholic is automatically damned?  Why do I think that’s observed more in theory than in practice, especially in the latter case?

  • Lori

    I think that it’s more that a Baptist can leave the SBC and still be Baptist.


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