home
RSS
Southern Baptists reprimand top official over Trayvon Martin remarks
Richard Land is the public policy chief for the Southern Baptist Convention.
June 1st, 2012
02:06 PM ET

Southern Baptists reprimand top official over Trayvon Martin remarks

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com

(CNN) – The country’s largest evangelical Christian denomination on Friday announced it is reprimanding one of its top officials over comments he made regarding the Trayvon Martin case, pledging to cancel the official’s national radio show.

The trustee committee of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission announced two reprimands on Friday for Richard Land, who leads public policy efforts for the Southern Baptists, according to the official press arm.

The first reprimand was for remarks Land - one of the country's most powerful evangelical leaders - made about the Martin case. The second was because Land lifted some remarks from another source on his radio show without using attribution.

The commission will move to terminate Land’s radio program, “Richard Land Live!” because of the controversy, the Baptist Press reported.

In March, Land spoke of African-American activists and the Rev. Al Sharpton as “racial ambulance chasers” in the Martin case, in which the 17-year-old was shot to death in Florida by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

“When there is violence it’s going to be Jesse Jackson’s fault,” Land said on his show, according to the Religion News Service. “It’s going to be Al Sharpton’s fault. It’s going to be Louis Farrakhan’s fault, and to a certain degree it’s going to be President Obama’s fault.”

On Friday, the trustee executive committee said in a statement that Land’s comments were “very hurtful and offensive to the Trayvon Martin family and too many in the African-American community, including hundreds of thousands of African-American Southern Baptists.”

“Damage was done to the state of race relations in the Southern Baptist Convention," the statement said.

The Religion News Service reported that many of Land’s remarks about the Martin case were lifted from a March column in the Washington Times.

“As a Christian, a minister of the Gospel of our Lord, and as President of the ERLC, Dr. Land should have conformed to a higher standard,” the statement from the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission said.

The statement went on to say that “plagiarism occurred because of Land’s carelessness and poor judgment."

In announcing the planned termination of Land’s radio program, the committee said “the content and purpose” of the program are “not congruent with the mission of the ERLC.”

In a statement to the Baptist Press, Land – who earlier apologized for his comments - said he believes in “trustee oversight and governance” and that “this whole process was conducted in a Christian manner by Christian gentlemen.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity

soundoff (747 Responses)
  1. r182f2uqveofdu7

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    45931

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  2. 0rsmqv7di1yy

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    256

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  3. oqkpcw4f1qtyopodulok

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    44521

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  4. 3i

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    10623

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  5. rz6006tc28c1l2qm7

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    37038

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  6. rzqj

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    87962

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  7. 1hsw

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    26849

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  8. 1

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    59804

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  9. dx6krt3z6e4

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    52590

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  10. qrkbsmswm5cs1zmtva8

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    53872

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  11. m8bs4jjs

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    77895

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  12. aywwtasb1vn4q7

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    7626

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  13. txhwt0yi2

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    2206

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  14. x59rbhcnk005ixfke9sni

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    12551

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  15. h3o75

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    22186

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  16. csy61glasmvuv1t

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    67730

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  17. eovv9ew

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    36913

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  18. 3c

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    59679

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  19. cvz9bt4a

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    68129

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  20. mn6je50vws

    join the GNAA today! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNAA
    76634

    June 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Advertisement
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.