Southern Baptist Leader Relies on Sexual Metaphors

May 29, 2012

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is entitled "Southern Baptist Leader Relies on Sexual Metaphors." The piece examines unusual political metaphors used by Richard Land, the embattled head of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention. Land is facing an internal investigation for controversial and plagiarized racial remarks (see post here for background). The report from the ERLC trustee investigation is supposed to come out this week, but last week the ERLC trustee chairman suddenly resigned--which has led some, including astute analyst of religion and politics Mark Silk, to wonder if the fix is in. Yesterday, the Tennessean had a piece on the rise (and potential fall) of Land, which included new charges of plagiarism. The article also referenced an earlier controversy that arose when Land used an obscene Yiddish slur to mock the name of Democratic U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, which was a story that I broke. Last week, Sarah Posner quoted me on the Land controversy in a piece for Religion Dispatches. This could be an interesting week for one of the nation's top conservative evangelical political activists.

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