September 12, 2007

Land's Lie?

In my Ethics Daily article last week on Fred Thompson's church attendance, Southern Baptist leader Richard Land claimed that Thompson "is attending church on a regular basis." Land's comment seemed like an exaggeration based on the comments in the article from the pastor of the Presbyterian church that Land said Thompson attended regularly. Now Thompson himself has spoken about his church attendance and his words very clearly contradict Land's claim. As Ethics Daily reports today, Thompson said that he does not attend church regularly.

So, Land said that Thompson attended regularly and Thompson says he does not. One would assume that Thompson would know if he attended regularly or not. The question then is why did Land claim otherwise. It could be that he was simply mistaken. However, he does know Thompson and it had not been previously reported that Thompson occasionally attended a Presbyterian church so Land must know Thompson well enough to know that. The other option, then, is that Land lied. He has been rooting for Thompson and may have thought that this claim would help Thompson. In fact,
right after saying that Thompson attended regularly, Land told me he thought his report on church attendance would help Thompson. If he did intentionally exaggerate the level of Thompson's church attendance, then it should make Baptists wonder why Land is the head of an organization called "Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission."

5 comments:

  1. Chuck5:40 PM

    Brian,

    You're right.

    Similarly, if President Carter did say Judaism and Mormonism are legitimate paths to God, it should make Baptists question, "Why is he the key figure in a new Baptist movement?"

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  2. Chuck,

    You and I both know that there is no "similarly" between Land's Lie and the example you provided.

    Nobody here is questioning Land's personal beliefs. But facts are facts. And clearly Land didn't exactly tell the truth...

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  3. Chuck4:13 PM

    BDW,

    "Similarly" refers to the fact that the words of both gentlemen should evoke a question about the rightful leadership role of each from good Baptists like Brian, me, and you.

    :)

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  4. Brian: Please email Bdiddy Weave immediately and both of you come to my recent postings on my blog about Snyder and Doug Carver.
    I would appreciate it if you would reference your research in my blog with postings at bl.com in the Petraeus, and more significantly in the Prentice Hagar Thread while I am exiled.
    We must bring Land to account about the right to life constituent activity in the SC Primary 2000; Bill Rauch, mayor of Beaufort is great interview there.

    Fox

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  5. Thanks for the comments!

    Chuck: You said you would stop using the Judaism claim after the Rabbi in question could not substantiate it (did you lie?). As for the Mormonism, he only said that he had a relative that was a Mormon that he thought was a Christian, not that all Mormons are Christians. I am sure that some Mormons probably have accepted Jesus as their Savior.

    BDW: Very well put!

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