Southern Baptist Convention Pulls Plug On Richard Land's Show After Trayvon Martin Remarks
June 4, 2012 at 3:37 AM (PT)
Southern Baptist leader RICHARD LAND has had his weekly SALEM NETWORK radio show canceled after he was accused of lifting remarks for his radio show that accused Democrats and civil rights leaders of exploiting the case of TRAYVON MARTIN, who was shot and killed by GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, a volunteer neighborhood watchman.
"The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee also issued LAND two reprimands -- for the 'racially charged' comments and for using material from THE WASHINGTON TIMES without properly crediting the newspaper," reports THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. "During a MARCH 31st broadcast of 'RICHARD LAND Live!' LAND had accused Pres. BARACK OBAMA, the Rev. JESSE JACKSON and the Rev. AL SHARPTON of attempting to capitalize on the fatal shooting of the FLORIDA teenager. He also appeared to justify racial profiling."
Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee called the comments "hurtful, irresponsible" and "insensitive."
"We are particularly disappointed in Dr. LAND's words because they do not accurately reflect the body of his work over a long career at the ERLC toward racial reconciliation in the Southern Baptist Convention and American life," officials wrote FRIDAY. "We must now redouble our efforts to regain lost ground, to heal re-opened wounds, and to realize the dream of a Southern Baptist Convention that is just as diverse as the population of our great Nation."