Please don’t measure all Southern Baptists by the lunacy of Land. He only EVER speaks for himself and he NEVER represents Southern Baptists as a group- as much as he might like to imagine that he does. So, please, when he speaks, don’t think he’s speaking for me or any other Southern Baptist person.
A prominent Southern Baptist leader who has voiced support for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum knocked the former senator for spending most of the last week campaigning in the Granite State rather than focusing on South Carolina. “I think he’s made a mistake in going to New Hampshire. I don’t know when social conservatives are going to understand that New Hampshire is dead ground for them,” Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said in a phone interview. “The last social conservative to do well in New Hampshire is Ronald Reagan,” Land said, arguing that Santorum “should have gone straight to South Carolina.”
I happen to know people in New Hampshire, and from there, and they’re wonderful folk. The real dead ground (whatever that is- I guess Land doesn’t believe God lives outside the South) is wherever these pompous windbags like Land are standing at the moment that they speak.
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