Thursday, April 5, 2012

Is Richard Land on Some Kind of Mission to Turn People Away From the Baptist Church?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 5:49 AM

Were not saying hes a racist, but hes definitely a racialist-ist
  • We're not saying he's a racist, but he's definitely a racialist-ist
I swear, every time I hear anything about Richard Land, it about makes me weep for joy that I am not a Southern Baptist. Say what you want about people who don't go to church except to appease their folks, but you never hear that the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the People Who Don't Go to Church Except to Appease Their Folks thinks that the death of a kid is getting too much attention.

But I'll tell you what: Richard Land is done hearing about Trayvon Martin. Before you read this next part, remember that the Southern Baptist Convention is in the middle of trying to heal some old wounds with the African-American community.

“I believe Mr. Obama’s comments were misguided, and I think they were harmful. No one knows what his son would look like. The statement was meant as a sign of racial solidarity. Martin is black, so by extension Mr. Obama shares the victim’s racial identity.”

He also said, "The president’s aides claim he was showing compassion for the victim’s family. In reality, he poured gasoline on the racialist fires."

(On a side note: The only people who use the term "racialist" are racists. If you're reading material talking about "racialist" stuff, hanging out with people talking about "racialist" things, you should know that's just a made-up word racists use because they think it sounds scholarly. If you don't want to be perceived as a racist trying to pass off your crackpot bullshit as scholarly, don't use the word "racialist." Also, if you're trying to convince black people that you're done being a racist organization, you probably should discourage your leaders from going on their radio shows and insinuating that black people are too stupid to get upset about things unless Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton tell them to be.)

But here's the main point: Land seems to think the president is only pretending to feel compassion for the Martin family. And, I guess, we should all be done feeling sorry for the Martin family, who lost their son.

Regardless of what happened that night — which, let's hope, gets sorted out by a grand jury — a family lost their son, and a grown man is going to have to live the rest of his life knowing he killed an unarmed teenager. That is a tragedy. You'd think a man of God would feel compassion for people who are going through such unimaginable horror.

But apparently not.

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