For almost a quarter century, Richard Land has been one of the most prominent voices of the religious right. But now, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission may be fighting to keep his job after evidence surfaced that he's a serial plagiarist. (h/t to People for the American Way)
Back on March 31, Land claimed that President Obama was using the Trayvon Martin case to "gin up the black vote." He's gotten deservedly slammed for this, including from several of his fellow Baptist pastors. But it turns out those comments may have put his career in jeopardy for another reason. He lifted them from someone else.
Aaron Weaver, a prominent Baptist blogger, noticed that when Land's screed was lifted practically verbatim from a Washington Times column that ran two days earlier. Weaver did some more digging, and found that Land plagiarized material from the Washington Examiner and Investor's Business Daily.
The ERLC's executive committee was concerned enough to launch an internal investigation. It has also deleted the archive of all of Land's past broadcasts.
Looking at this, it's hard not to laugh at Land's stupidity. In this day and age, how in the world could he have even dreamed he wouldn't get caught? Looking back, I can recall journalists and broadcasters being fired for far less than this.
Granted, if Land were to be brought down for this, it would almost be like nailing Al Capone for tax evasion. But considering his stature, it would still make for a lovely pyrotechnics display.