Southern Religion

The worthwhile data would upend Richard Land’s logic

Accusing “the media” of “conflating figures” to justify repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Southern Baptist Convention ethics czar Richard Land responds with some truly dubious numbers:

Meanwhile, a survey commissioned and just released jointly by the Center for Security Policy and the Family Research Council shows that 63 percent of active duty and retired military families oppose allowing open homosexuals in the military ranks.

The survey Land cited questioned a group which is not representative of the active duty military — 70.58 percent of those questioned were over 50. Whereas 70 percent of the troops are under age 30. The age difference is fundamentally why the Land-recommended survey produced a negative outcome. As David Wood explained:

Tuesday’s Pentagon report [revealed] that things have changed in the ranks over the past two decades: today, the vast majority of troops (70 percent under age 30) either favor repeal of the law banning open gays from military service, or don’t care one way or another.

Or as the New York Daily News’ Michael Sheridan and Richard Sisk put it:

[Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] and [Defense Secretary Bill] Gates spoke at a Pentagon briefing on a massive survey of active duty troops that showed 70% believe a repeal of DADT would have either a positive effect or no effect on their ability to complete missions.

The study is based upon answers provided by nearly 115,000 troops, along with 44,200 military spouses. The study group also visited various military bases and held town hall-style meetings with service members.

If the worthwhile data tends to invert Land’s logic, you may wish to invert his recommendation and call your U.S. Senator to lobby for repeal of DADT.


December 1, 2010 - Posted by | SBC | ,


  1. It would be nice if Richard Land would just concentrate on making the Southern Baptist Convention a success and quit trying to alienate the Government, the Military, the Supreme Court and most people that occupy this great Country.

    Comment by Jack Wolford | December 3, 2010

  2. According to Eveln Schlatter of the Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ), the Family Research Council of Washington, D.C. is listed among 18 Anti-gay groups along with their propaganda. Look them up there and see some starteling people and connections in Gov’t. Now you can understand their opposition to Hate Crime Laws.

    Comment by Jack Wolford | December 4, 2010

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