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Late Friday, the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission announced that due in part to at least two instances of egregious plagiarism, commission president Richard Land's radio show would be canceled as soon as its contract with its distributor, Salem Radio, allowed it to do so.  Well, on Saturday, in a prerecorded broadcast, Land announced the show was leaving the air immediately, though he didn't elaborate as to why.

Yet, Land still--at least for the moment--has a job.  And that doesn't sit well with Aaron Weaver, the blogger who unmasked Land's plagiarism.

Weaver, a graduate student at Baylor University who blogs at, said that trustees were wrong when they said the plagiarism was a result of “carelessness and poor judgment.”

“He wasn’t being careless,” he said. “This was intentional.”

Richard Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics, a moderate Baptist think tank, also thinks Land needs to go.
Allowing Land to keep his job, despite the plagiarism, sends the wrong message, said Parham.

Along with being the head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Land also teaches regularly at Baptist seminaries.

“Allowing Land to continue as an SBC official — without even an unpaid leave of absence — will create a banquet of distasteful consequences for the Southern Baptists when it comes to how seminaries deal with students who plagiarize papers and how churches deal with pastors who plagiarize sermons.”

After finding out that Land denied intending to mislead his listeners--an explanation that wouldn't cut ice in the journalistic or academic world--I find myself agreeing with Weaver and Parham.  Sign this petition to the chairman of the ERLC board of trustees telling him to fire Land.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Nothing will happen to Land - IOKIYAR. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    MartyM, Calamity Jean

    The money changers Jesus threw out of the Temple are back as the GOP, using his corpse as a ventriloquist's dummy. (Hat tip to Kossack "Stuart Heady")

    by WereBear Walker on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 02:57:26 PM PDT

    •  NO pre-emptive defeatism. (3+ / 0-)

      That only serves our enemies.  

      Progressives do not give up.  We FIGHT.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 03:56:27 PM PDT

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      •  You think this is our fight? (1+ / 0-)
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        I sure don't.  

        Dear conservatives: If instead of "marriage equality" we call it "voluntary government registration of committed homosexuals," are you on board?

        by Rich in PA on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 04:34:18 PM PDT

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        •  Maybe not (2+ / 0-)
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          G2geek, Calamity Jean

          But as the GOP showed us, scalp collecting can be hella fun. If Bill Donahue can dictate who works for Democratic presidential campaigns because he gets all butthurt, we're within our rights to raise a ruckus based on something more egregious.

          I really don't care about the "stoop to their level" arguments here.

          All they show by not firing Land is that membership in the club counts more than integrity; kicking students out of seminary for what Land did is weeding out undesirables from The Club, but you can't kick out the head of The Club.

          But wait.... Conservative movement leaders with integrity? What was I thinking?

          •  Yeee-hawww and onward to battle! (2+ / 0-)
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            JTinDC, Calamity Jean

            "Scalp-collecting can be hella fun."  THAT's the attitude we need MORE of around here.  

            And I don't care about "stoop to their level" arguements either.  We need to get downright bloodthirsty, because we have a war to win tomorrow and another in November.

            Not just victory, but crushing victory!

            "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

            by G2geek on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 05:59:26 PM PDT

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        •  anti-gay bigot taken off the radio? Hell yeah! (1+ / 0-)
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          Calamity Jean

          It's our fight, and this one is our victory even if we didn't have to lift a finger to make it happen.

          Like this:  You're in combat in Afghanistan against some Al Qaedas holed up in a cave.  One of them screws up something and blows up a box of their ammo, which causes the cave to collapse, killing the lot of them instantly.  Splat a bunch of AQs with zero civilian casualties and zero casualties in your unit.  Good!  Excellent!

          Or like this:  Giles Goat Boy & Friends are fighting like hell to remove Walker.  The election is so close it's going to go into recount.  But on Wednesday, Walker is served with an indictment and an arrest warrant and gets perp-walked out of the Governor's office.  Splat Walker.  Good!  Excellent!

          It doesn't matter HOW it happens.  What matters is THAT it happens.  And every victory is still a victory, even if the enemy did it to themselves by blowing up their own cave or getting themselves indicted for a bunch of felonies.  

          And comments like "Nothing will happen to (the enemy du jour)" are bullshit, because they spread despair, defeatism, and apathy.  Anyone who reports for duty with a defeatist attitude does not belong on the team because they spread that shit around and it deflates the fighting spirit.  Fuck that shit.  We have a war to win tomorrow and another in November.  

          "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 05:57:15 PM PDT

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    •  Going off the air is bad enough (0+ / 0-)

      These are ever increasingly desperate times for the defenders of the Conservative Christian Bubble.   They're like the Confederate defenders of Richmond/Petersburg at the end of the Civil War.  They can defend any individual piece of their fortifications successfully at present but the lines keep getting longer and the available effective officers and manpower competent to fight are steadily diminishing.  And not necessarily from actions of the opponent.

  •  Great work, Dem.... (3+ / 0-)
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    tytalus, skohayes, Calamity Jean

    Thanks for your lead and reporting on this...

    What an odious character Land is.

    Stonewall was a RIOT!

    by ExStr8 on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 03:11:50 PM PDT

  •  Land & Treyvon Martin (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, CherryTheTart, Dr Squid

    Land accused the Obama administration of "deliberately stir up racial tension and "gin up the black vote" for Obama in the 2012 election".

  •  Very big deal if Richard Land goes down (4+ / 0-)

    He's been head of the Southern Baptists forever. His official title was head of ethics and moral concerns. No, I'm not joking.

  •  His whole department needs to go (4+ / 0-)

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Committee, as it is known, has been Land's puppy dog since it was created in 1988.

    It is in stark contrast to historical Baptist teaching on the intersection of religion and politics. Going all the way back to Roger Williams, there had been a strong policy within Baptist churches that the storied wall of separation between church and state should be maintained by both sides.

    Land decided he could gain more political clout by entering the SBC into the culture wars. And thus the ELRC was created, with him at its helm.

    The good work of the agency in highlighting certain international abuses should not be overlooked -- but the missionary arms of the church can voice those concerns where needed. The domestic agenda has been poison, though, and I'm sure more than a few SBC congregations would like to have more autonomy to work on local issues without the baggage of the Republican party social agenda.

    sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words

    by harrije on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 03:35:33 PM PDT

  •  If you believe otherworldly things so strongly.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    ....why would you let an earthly misdemeanor like plagiarism stand in your way?

    Dear conservatives: If instead of "marriage equality" we call it "voluntary government registration of committed homosexuals," are you on board?

    by Rich in PA on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 04:33:07 PM PDT

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