A decision by the Southern Baptist Convention’s oversight committee to strip Dr. Richard Land of his eponymous radio show has forced seven Georgia stations to reassess its Saturday programming schedule.
The group’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, which Land has steered for nearly a quarter of a century, formally rebuked the influential Christian conservative broadcaster on Friday and terminated his weekly three-hour show after an investigation into remarks he made regarding the death of Travon Martin.
“We reprimand Dr. Land for his hurtful, irresponsible, insensitive, and racially charged words,” a statement released today said. “[W]e have carefully considered the content and purpose of the Richard Land Live! broadcast. We find that they are not congruent with the mission of the ERLC. We also find that the controversy that erupted … requires the termination of the program.”
The show, syndicated by conservative Salem Radio Network, is most popular in central and south Georgia. Those networks that carried the program: WBJY in American, WAEF in Cordele, WAWH in Dublin, WMVV in Griffin, WASW in Waycross and WBKG and WNNG-AM in Macon.
The investigation into Land and comments that precipitated it come as the convention is poised to elect its first African American president.
- James Richardson