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The main political spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention officially endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president on Friday, despite insisting for years that he would not endorse candidates because of his SBC leadership position. Richard Land, who heads the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), offered his endorsement of Romney in a Christian Post […] Read More

One of the most popular TV series in recent years has been a weekly foray into the world of witness protection. The series, “In Plain Sight,” chronicles the efforts of U.S. marshals trying to protect witnesses of major crimes from retribution. They hide them by changing their names and relocating them to new communities. I […] Read More

As Richard Land, embattled head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), faced Southern Baptist messengers yesterday for the first time since his controversial and plagiarized racial remarks, he quickly glossed over the issue. Land’s refusal to engage the issue came even as some messengers urged the SBC […] Read More

The trustees of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) released their unanimous report following the month-long investigation into controversial and plagiarized remarks by the ERLC’s president. The light action taken against the agency’s head, Richard Land, quickly sparked criticism from Baptists and journalists, while others praised the ERLC […] Read More

The word “plagiarism” originated as a word for kidnapping. That’s the takeaway from a Baptist ethicist called to comment on plagiarism. The idea of passing someone else’s work off as your own has moved into popular discussion after a Southern Baptist Convention official was found to have quoted material verbatim and at length, without citing […] Read More

A Washington Post animated editorial cartoon titled “Pelvic Politics” featured last week the voice of Southern Baptist politico Richard Land on the topic of contraception and religious liberty. Although there is little actual sexual content in Land’s comment in the “Pelvic Politics” cartoon, Land has used sexual metaphor to talk about politics – including the […] Read More

Did Southern Baptist Convention agency head Richard Land write the apology statement for racially charged remarks issued under his name, or was it written by African-American Baptist clergy? When asked Dwight McKissic, a Land critic, if Land had written the apology himself or if he took input from others at the meeting, McKissic answered, […] Read More

Are standards different between journalism and talk radio when it comes to plagiarism? An ad hoc committee investigating the plagiarism of a Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land seemed to suggest so. “Though the source citation standards prevailing among talk radio shows are different from those applicable to journalistic work or to scholarly work in […] Read More

A Southern Baptist Convention agency board announced last week plans to investigate charges of plagiarism against Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). “[W]e are reverently mindful of our obligations to the ERLC, Southern Baptists and, most importantly, to our Lord Jesus Christ, to ensure no stone is left unturned in […] Read More

Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, issued an apology on Monday for plagiarism during his radio show – Richard Land Live! – after a news story appeared on based on research by a Baylor University doctoral student. On his March 31 radio program, Land used […] Read More