Name Calling

March 25, 2008

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today entitled "SBC Leader Has Penchant for Name Calling." It details a record of insults and ad hominem attacks leveled against various people by Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Recently, I critiqued Land for calling a U.S. Senator a "schm***." Land later said he did not know the word was obscene and would not use it again. He did, however, remain unapologetic about saying he was trying to call the Senator a "jerk" and mock the Senator's name. Today's article demonstrates that Land often resorts to name calling instead of merely outlining his disagreements on the issues. Hopefully, he will take the ethical highroad and stop the insults.

In related news, Ethics Daily reported yesterday that a letter to U.S. Senators opposing a bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions made significantly inaccurate claims. The letter was signed by Land and other prominent Christian activists like Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer. The Baptist Press reported on the letter last week as part of a series of stories about climate change. However, the letter story and several of the others rely on individuals who work for organizations that have recieved money from ExxonMobil.