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|Quote (sledgehammer @ May 28 2012,12:20)|
|Head of the "Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention", Richard Land, caught plagiarizing? Who'd a thunk it?|
From Sarah Posner, Religious Dispatches:
| Richard Land, currently under investigation by his employer, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, told the group, "We must all be willing to stand up and tell the government 'no.' Secularists don't like people of faith because the ultimate authority for us is not the state. The ultimate authority is God."|
Aha! That explains everything, doesn't it? If all those state-worshipping liberals would just let the conservatives put God in charge, we wouldn't have all these problems with health insurance coverage for ladyparts and gay people getting married and whatnot.
Land, as you may recall, said some really racist, spiteful things on his radio show about the Trayvon Martin case. He apologized for those comments, but Baptist scholar and blogger Aaron Weaver called it a "non-apology apology" and questioned Land's assertion that "I have been committed to the cause of racial reconciliation my entire ministry."
Weaver also caught Land plagiarizing, specifically reading from published work of others and passing it off as his own on his radio show. For that, the ERLC is investigating him, but lo and behold, the head of the committee in charge of the investigation just stepped down to spend more time with his church. (The resigning trustee, in a you-can't-make-this-up-twist, is the Rev. Steve Faith.) His replacement, the Rev. Richard Piles, tells the Tennessean's Bob Smietana that Faith's departure did not signal any dissension within the committee. Piles added, "I am a fan of Dr. Land. I am in his corner through this process and want to see him succeed and hope that he can continue in his ministry." So I guess there won't be any surprises when the investigating committee issues its report June 1.
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Again with the "ultimate authority" nonsense. There is no "ultimate authority" with me. There is only an ecosystem of facts placed in context, tested hypotheses, theories, statistics, anecdotes, opinions, and my impressions and observations. "The state" is also not a monolithic thing, but a collaboration between people. I love how people like this always get all teary-eyed about "democracy" but hate its practical application, or compromise, or gray areas in life.
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