Richard Land, the president of the Ethics and Religions Liberty Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, has apologized for comments he made about President Obama and black leaders.
USA Today: ”I obviously overestimated the extent of progress that has been made in slaying the racial dragon of our past. I should have remembered that whenever we have a discussion about race, the ghosts of our ancestors are in the room with us. And I underestimated the need to be extremely careful in how you address any controversial issue that involves race as a factor.
I am grieved that anyone would feel my comments have retarded in any way the Southern Baptists’ march toward racial reconciliation, which I have been committed to for the entirety of my ministry, since 1962.
I certainly apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended by my remarks.”
Richard Land previously said President Obama “poured gasoline on the racialist fires” when he commented on the Trayvon Martin case. He also referred to Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson as a “mob” of “racial ambulance” chasers. He also said black men are “statistically more likely to do you harm than a white man.” He has yet to apologize for that comment.
What I don’t understand is how stupid people like Richard Land must think black Americans are. Um, on one hand you claim to be for inclusion and on the other hand you are fanning the flames of racial strife. Surely Mr. Land must realize he can’t have it both ways. If you are for inclusion, that means you can’t keep thrashing blacks and vice versa. Now he said his organization wants better relations with the black community. It’s really quite simply, then don’t spew racist venom. The right wing evangelicals want to be free to dish it and want to force their views down the throats of everyone else.