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June 2, 2012

Southern Baptist’s Richard Land loses radio program over plagiarism accusations

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Richard Land, the embattled Southern Baptist leader who had been accused of plagiarism when he claimed on his radio program that civil rights leaders and President Obama were using the Trayvon Martin case to fuel racial tension, has been stripped of his radio show. He will, however, keep his post as head the the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Religion News Service reports:

The [Southern Baptist] investigators chided Land for “his hurtful, irresponsible, insensitive, and racially charged words” in a broadcast of the “Richard Land Live!” show in which Land accused Obama and black civil rights activists of using the Trayvon Martin shooting to foment racial strife and boost the president’s re-election chances.

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Land initially dismissed criticism of the racial tenor of his comments, but two weeks later it emerged that his comments were lifted from a Washington Times column without attribution.

Read the rest here. The Washington Times column from which Land allegedly lifted is here. And for a “layered” look at Land that gets beyond the typical hero or villain “cardboard cutouts,” Bobby Ross points to this story in the Tennessean.

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