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Friday, April 13, 2007

The Reasonable Richard Land Visits Colbert Report



The guy actually sounds reasonable.

First, Land declares that America is not a Christian Nation.

But check out this exchange between Stephen Colbert and Richard Land:

Stephen Colbert: You said our country is not as divided as it appears in the media. What do you base that on?

Richard Land: Well, I'll give you an example. I was being interviewed for a national talk show and they said to me, "Dr. Land what do you think of Pope John Paul II",and I said, well I think he's one of the transcendent moral and historical figures of the 20th century. And they said, "well that's not quite what we're looking for."

Well, what are you looking for? And they said "well we're looking for someone who'll go on the air and say he's the head of a false religion." And I said, well you got the wrong guy. But they found someone who did. And so millions of Catholics got the idea that evangelicals have a different view of the Pope and their faith than they actually have. And it was that night that I decided to write this book. I said, I've had it.
Land's comment comes on the heels of an interesting discussion between fundamentalist bloggers who deemed the Roman Catholic Church to be a "cult." David Rogers, son of the late Adrian Rogers, was among this group.

Land's voice of reason on this subject is at odds with the loud voice of many Southern Baptist fundamentalists. Coupled with his support of the Bush immigration policy, his recent coalition work with liberal organizations and Senator Ted Kennedy, it seems Richard Land may be "ahead" of the Southern Baptist consensus.

Unfortunately, in the blogosphere we rarely (if ever) have the chance to read SBCers thoughts on Richard Land and his work with the ERLC. Do bloggers support Land and his endeavors? As much talk and bickering about how SWBTS and the SBC as a whole spends cooperative dollars, it's amazing that bloggers seem unconcerned about the millions and millions that have been poured into the work of Land's ERLC.

To Land's credit, at least he gives a rats rump about social issues.

Moderates support the Baptist Joint Committee. The BJC's Religious Liberty Council luncheon sells out each summer at the CBF's General Assembly.

But do Southern Baptists support their own Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission as strongly as moderates support the BJC?

Maybe they do - but the ERLC definitely doesn't get much support (or opposition) from Southern Baptists in the blogosphere...

Enough Ramblings...

5 Comments:

Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Interesting video. I can't believe he actually went on there. Good for him. It shows he has a sense of humor.

Actually, I've been pleased with much of what Land has said of late. Also, I wouldn't call RC a cult. They have additional teaching but I believe there are many Christians in their church.

8:33 AM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

It's interesting to see Land taking a more conciliatory tone lately. I've always been of the opinion that he knew better - that his knowledge of Baptist history and of how closely aligned the SBC became with the Bush administration and the Iraq war had to be in tension in his mind.

Who knows what his motivation is? I read something on a blog recently (unfortunately I can't remember where - maybe Talk2Action?) that suggested that Land may be positioning himself for another leadership role in the future. But as he pointed out on Colbert, he's got a pretty good deal going with the ERLC.

You raise an interesting question, though, which is whether moderates are more interested in addressing questions of applied ethics in public life through a denominational (in the very broad sense that the BJC is "Baptist") mechanism than are conservatives. I just don't know enough to know.

9:29 AM

 
Anonymous Howie Luvzus said...

I was shocked! I told my wife to prepare to see a first class jerk. We were very disappointed!

6:59 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is off topic, but how is your dad doing with his cancer treatments? My husband was in his class at BPC and was curious about how things were going...

10:58 AM

 
Blogger Jim Paslay said...

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! Dr. Land is not the devil you moderates have made him out to be. He is an intellectual who loves the Lord and cares about social and moral issues. He has been a bright light in the arena of moral debate.

The blind contempt that moderates have of the ERLC and Dr. Land is unfortunate. You can disagree about what happened when the SBC defunded the BJC but Dr. Land has done a great job in leading Southern Baptists in ethics and moral issues. I am one Southern Baptist pastor who is proud of the ERLC and grateful we have a leader like Dr. Land.

And I thought it was only those funny-damn-mentalists that were narrow-minded and judgmental. Maybe moderates can learn something about Dr. Land for themselves instead of getting their talking points from the likes of Bruce Prescott.

9:44 AM

 

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