But it was Mr. Obama who turned this tragedy into a national issue. He should have learned from the Cambridge, MA police incident to stay out of these issues until the facts are clear. But he encouraged Americans to engage in soul-searching and then he said "if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin." The President's aides claim he was showing compassion for the victim's family. In reality, he poured gasoline on the racialist fires.
Nearly half of all murder victims are black; the overwhelming majority of those crimes are committed by blacks. Black male teens, especially in urban areas, have been ravaged by drugs, by crime, by violence, and by failing public schools. Rather than holding rallies on these issues, the civil rights leadership focuses on racially polarizing cases to generate media attention and to mobilize black voter turnout. This is being done to try to gin up the black vote for an African-American president who is in deep, deep, deep trouble for re-election and who knows that he cannot win re-election without getting the 95% of blacks who voted for him in 2008 to come back out and show that they're going to vote for him again. And polls show that many blacks have become demoralized under the Obama economy because they're the ones who have suffered the most from his economic failures. So this Operation Vote, the deliberate targeting of minority groups by fostering ethnic resentment. But, I tell you, they're playing with fire and people are going to get hurt.
In his radio show, Land described activists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as “racial ambulance chasers” who, along with fringe groups like the Black Panthers, are fomenting a “mob mentality” that is akin to what the Ku Klux Klan used to do to blacks in the South.
“This situation is getting out of hand,” Land said. “There is going to be violence. When there is violence it’s going to be Jesse Jackson’s fault. It’s going to be Al Sharpton’s fault. It’s going to be Louis Farrakhan’s fault, and to a certain degree it’s going to be President Obama’s fault.”
And here is one of the most inflammatory things Land said. From Christianity Today
“Instead of letting the legal process take its independent course, race mongers are anointing themselves judge, jury, and executioners,” Land said. “The rule of law is being assaulted by racial demagogues, and it’s disgusting, and it should stop.”
Land also stated a black man is “statistically more likely to do you harm than a white man.”
The comments raised concerns that the SBC’s efforts to improve its diversity would suffer setbacks. Maxie Miller, a church-planting expert in the Florida Baptist Convention, told The Tennessean he was “incredulous” after hearing about the comments.
“I think the [SBC] is doing a great job with diversity … but Land’s comments definitely will make my work harder—encouraging African Americans to be a part of Southern Baptist Convention life,” he told The Tennessean.
In his non apology—apology, he blames those of us who responded to his racial views, for the pain we felt. The opening line in his letter of apology, dated April 16, 2012, says, “I am writing to express my deep regret for any hurt or misunderstanding my comments about the Trayvon Martin case have generated.” He then blames his readers and listeners for not being “progressive” enough to be on the same page with him racially:
“Clearly, I overestimated the progress that has been made in slaying the ugly racist ghosts of the past in our history. I also clearly underestimated the extent to which we must go out of our way not to be misunderstood when we speak to issues where race is a factor…Please know that I apologize to any and all who were hurt or offended by my comments.”
Note carefully that he never acknowledges that the problem was caused by the substance of his words but rather by the misunderstanding of his words. He begins and ends by telling us that the problem was the response to his words and the lack of progress in the public square as it relates to understanding or accepting his words. This is a huge problem for the President of the Ethics Division of the SBC to attempt to pass this on as a genuine apology. However, I accept his apology simply because he asked; and therefore, feel biblically constrained to do so (Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 5:23-25).
I remain appalled at his unrepentant words. And since Dr. Land will not repent of his words, I feel compelled to ask the SBC by way of resolution to repudiate and renounce the racially offensive, biblically unjustifiable and factually incorrect words of Dr. Richard Land. He spoke these words as an official of the SBC; therefore, the SBC must take ownership and responsibility for Dr. Land’s words. I could not with a good conscience attend a SBC meeting in the post Luter years, or increase giving to the Cooperative Program as long as Land’s words remain un-repented of. To do so would be to engage in self-hatred; the exercise and practice of low self-esteem; to support Land’s view of racial profiling and his flawed racial reasoning.
What was even more troubling to me than Land’s remarks, was his assertion that the vast majority of Southern Baptists agree with his racial views. If he is accurate in his assessment, it confirms the suspicion that many Black Baptists have held for years regarding Southern Baptists; and that is many Southern Baptists, if not the majority, inherently and instinctively don’t honestly respect, relate to or view Blacks with a mindset of mutual respect, equality and understanding. Blacks are primarily viewed as mission projects, not as mission partners. Inadvertently, Dr. Land opened to us the window of his heart and showed us this painful reality (Mark 7:20-23). The question now is, did Richard Land show us the heart of the entirety of the SBC?
Was Land sorry he said that? Not initially.
Land initially defended his remarks, then backpedaled, meeting with a group of African American pastors May 2, and issuing written apologies a week later to the convention president, Luter and the public.
Land, the commission’s president since 1988, has twice apologized for controversial remarks he made about the fatal February shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Land defended George Zimmerman, who shot Martin, and accused President Barack Obama and other African-American leaders of using the incident for political gain.
Land also has been accused of plagiarizing his comments about Martin during a March 31 radio broadcast. The comments came from a Washington Times column. Land has admitted he did not give on-air attribution.
What amazes me is that they still left this guy, who is clearly mixing church and state, in his position as head of the SBC. I also don't understand why any black person would want to be part of a denomination whose creation is due to one sect of Baptists leaving another because they supported slavery.
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