Southern Religion

Ethics Daily calls Richard Land out on his unapology


Contributing Editor Brian Kaylor at the Baptist Center for Ethics’ online publication Ethics Daily writes:

One week after apologizing for comparing Democratic leaders to the Nazis, a prominent Southern Baptist leader has reneged on his promise to stop using such comparisons.

Land is president of Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).

Nice name, but what’s in a name?


October 23, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I’ve seen nazis emblems both in Germany and the USA. Richard Land is an embarrassment not only to every American but to every Southern Baptist for whom his job allows him to speak. I also know the difference between homosexual practice and homosexual Hate Crime which the nazis perfected. I’d rather not be in the same room with Richard Land. The SBC had better start getting it right!

    Comment by jack | October 24, 2009

  2. As a lifelong Southern Baptist, I have become disturbed at the direction of the denomination. Our “right wing faction” has gained control of the denomination. Rather than following a Biblical model, they lead us in the direction of intolerance, hatred and uninformed congregations. By accepting the right wing politics of the talking heads it is no wonder that our numbers are declining.The uniqueness of the SBC was defined by local church autonomy to decide its own course. The foundation of this group of churches relied heavily on this independence. With leadership that destroys the “Priesthood of the Believer” and subjects the member churches to follow policies without question defeats the historical significance of the SBC. Southern Baptists have traditionally not kowtowed to an authority figure. Land not only is a disgrace to our denomination, he also is not a student of history. He has attempted with some success to build him a throne on Earth as the sole representative of God. Blind obedience was the Nazi formula, this is contrary to the desire of most Baptists. Nazis would not accept any deviation, just as Land attempts to force on our denomination. Neither does our health care reform determine the fate of our seniors, nor does it merit comparative statements likening it to system that had no respect for human life.
    God will judge Richard Land in the same way he will judge all sinners. With compassion, but he may fall short for not loving the unloved, providing for the poor and trying to use his throne to get into heaven. There maybe numerous camels passing through that needle eye before God justifies this blasphemous rhetoric.

    Comment by James Haynes | October 26, 2009

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