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Same-Sex Marriage: Are the People Sovereign, or is it to be the Courts?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

On Nov. 4, 2008, the people of California, Florida and Arizona joined the ranks of the nearly 40 of the United States that have outlawed same-sex marriage either by amending their respective state constitutions or by passing appropriate legislation. The […]

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Traditional Marriage Wins Big

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Social conservatives and defenders of traditional marriage won tremendous strategic victories in ballot initiatives on Nov. 4. First and foremost, the defenders of traditional marriage overturned the California Supreme Court’s legalization last June of same-sex marriage. Despite being outspent nearly […]

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America: Fulfilling her promises

posted by Dr. Richard Land

All Americans should take great pride and satisfaction in the election of an African-American as president of the United States. Given our nation’s tragic racial history, it says something noble and fine about America that Barack Obama, both a product […]

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The Party Platforms: Instructive Guides to Informed Voting – Part 3

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Every year (beginning in 1988) the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has published a comparison of the two major party platforms to assist Southern Baptists and other people of faith as they seek guidance in the decision for […]

McCain, Obama, and the Military

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Which candidate for president enjoys the most support among the military, active and retired? The Military Times recently released the results of a poll of their readership (Active Duty military, Reserve-National Guard members, and “military retirees”). They found that among […]

The Party Platforms: Instructive Guides to Informed Voting – Part 2

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Every year (beginning in 1988) the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has published a comparison of the two major party platforms to assist Southern Baptists and other people of faith as they seek guidance in the decision for […]

The Party Platforms: Instructive Guides to Informed Voting

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Ever since my election as president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in 1988, the commission has published a party platform comparison guide to assist Southern Baptists and other people of faith as they seek to decide […]

Andrew Greeley’s Reprehensible Name-Calling

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The Rev. Andrew Greeley, Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and well-known commentator on a wide range of issues, is an outspoken Obama supporter–I think. In a column he wrote Oct. 1, he said (in the same paragraph, no less) the following […]

Sen. Obama, FOX News, and the media

posted by Dr. Richard Land

In an article that will appear in the Oct. 19, 2008 edition of the New York Times Magazine, reporter Matt Bai quotes Barack Obama making a startling assertion: “I am convinced that if there were no FOX News, I might […]

Biofuel: The Dangerous Consequences of Good Intentions

posted by Dr. Richard Land

As responsible human beings we should be concerned always about doing harm to this planet we inhabit together. As a Christian I believe people of faith have a sacred responsibility to engage in creation care – never treating the earth […]

Last Night’s Debate

posted by Dr. Richard Land

I had the honor and privilege of attending last night’s second presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Some commentators and reporters have described the debate as subdued and uneventful. I can assure you, as someone who was actually […]

The Palin-Biden Debate: Missions Accomplished

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Like millions of my fellow Americans I watched the vice-presidential debate last night between Gov. Palin and Sen. Biden. According to the Nielsen Media Research ratings, 42 percent more people watched the vice-presidential debate than watched last Friday night’s John […]

Fireproof: A different kind of movie succeeds

posted by Dr. Richard Land

I had seen two previous showings of the movie Fireproof prior to its release last weekend. Starring Kirk Cameron, Fireproof is the latest movie produced by Sherwood Baptist Church, in Albany, Georgia (population 164,000). Albany is a nice town, and […]

Tyrants and those who enable them

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Yesterday evening, Sept. 25, I had the honor and privilege of speaking at a protest rally in the heart of New York City across the street from Grand Central Station. People representing more than 60 organizations as diverse as the […]

Praying for Revival and Renewal: Personal and National

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Last February, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) Research Institute was having its semi-annual meeting. During that meeting, the research fellows (scholars from various academic disciplines) concluded that American society was bedeviled by serious problems that ultimately […]

Religion and Public Policy: An interesting presidential perspective

posted by Dr. Richard Land

In preparation for a speech on religion and public policy, I was recently reviewing sections of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s The Mighty and the Almighty (2006). Secretary Albright makes some truly important points in her volume. The whole […]

Baptists, the Bible and Women

posted by Dr. Richard Land

In the wake of Gov. Sarah Palin’s selection as the Republican vice presidential nominee, there has been considerable “speculation” about why Evangelicals in general, and Southern Baptists in particular, have responded so favorably to her candidacy. As Sally Quinn reasoned […]

September 11, 2001 and Bush’s Legacy–Forever Linked

posted by Dr. Richard Land

It is September 12, 2008, which means it has been seven years and one day since that infamous moment that is etched in every American’s memory. We all know where we were and what we were doing when the terrorist […]

Is the National Media Biased? A Test Case

posted by Dr. Richard Land

If anyone has any remaining doubts about the national media’s bias and preference for Sen. Barack Obama, I offer Charles Gibson’s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin vs. Gibson’s interview with Sen. Obama on July 23, 2008 as an excellent test […]

The Democrats’ Platform Plank on Abortion: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Much has been made of the Democratic Party’s new platform plank on abortion. Jim Wallis has hailed the new language as “an historic step forward.” Is it? Well, Sen. Obama says that “words matter,” so let’s examine the actual words. […]

Gov. Sarah Palin: Living your values

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Sen. John McCain electrified the Republican base and millions of people of every political persuasion last Friday when he selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. Why? First, because she is a reform-minded, no-nonsense, pro-life, pistol-packing […]

Senator McCain’s bold choice

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Like most pro-lifers, I’m ecstatic at the choice of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as Sen. McCain’s vice presidential running mate. I’ve already received more than a dozen calls from pro-life leaders around the country, both Catholic and Protestant, who […]

Obama, Political Dynasties and What If?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Senator Barack Obama is now the Democratic Party’s candidate for the presidency of the United States. Whether you are going to vote for him or not, this is an incredible moment for the grand experiment that is the United States […]

Saddleback, Civility, and Civil Society

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Like many Americans I watched the “Saddleback Civil Forum” with great interest. What an ingenious format. The idea of having the two presidential candidates answer the same questions, without hearing their opponent’s answers, produced a lot more light than heat. […]

Homeschoolers win important victory

posted by Dr. Richard Land

It seems that miracles still do occur. I have heard of courts reversing their decisions before, but it has always been new judges reversing their predecessors’ decisions. In California, we have now witnessed the same judges reversing their own decision […]

Does Hollywood Really Undermine Marriage?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The Parents Television Council (PTC) thinks so. They have just released a new study, Happily Never After: How Hollywood Favors Adultery and Promiscuity Over Marital Intimacy on Prime Time Broadcast Television. I have read the entire 17-page report, and I […]

California’s Attorney General Takes Sides in the Culture Wars

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown (known affectionately as “Governor Moonbeam” during his heyday) is now the state’s attorney general. This is unfortunate since Attorney General Brown, purportedly the representative of fair and neutral law enforcement in the nation’s most populous […]

Caution: Robert McElvaine’s “Grand Theft Jesus” has a problem with facts

posted by Dr. Richard Land

By Richard Land I am a hopeless bibliophile. I love reading books, fondling books, being surrounded by books, looking forward to reading books, and remembering fondly books I have read and reread. Consequently, I drop by a local bookstore a […]

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Witness against Tyranny

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a towering figure of morality and courage in a twentieth century far too lacking in both qualities. The fact that the monstrous, totalitarian evil of Soviet Communism could not eliminate the possibility of an Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is […]

Ralph Reed the Novelist? — “Dark Horse” is a really good read

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Yes, that Ralph Reed–the former executive director of the Christian Coalition–has written a novel about a three-candidate general presidential election–and it is a really good read. Full disclosure is in order. I have known Ralph Reed for more than two […]

Reduction in homelessness: Let us pause to praise good news

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The federal government has announced that the country has cut the number of “chronically homeless people” by approximately 30 percent between 2005 and 2007. The actual numbers are a reduction from 175,914 to 123,833–52,081 real people actually moved from the […]

Randy Pausch: A Life Well Lived

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Over the last few months Randy Pausch captured the attention of much of the world as he had captivated his students for years. Pausch, an extremely popular Carnegie Mellon University professor of computer science, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. […]

America’s Defining Holiday– Independence Day or Thanksgiving?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The late Tony Snow, one of public policy’s “happy warriors” (he always reminded me of the late Vice President Hubert Humphrey, the original liberal “happy warrior”), was a grateful man. “Grateful” might seem to be an odd description for someone […]

Jesse Jackson’s ‘remarks': from a reverend?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

By now, virtually every American not on an expedition to Antarctica has heard about Rev. Jesse Jackson’s crude and offensive remarks picked up by a live mic in a Fox News studio last Sunday. Rev. Jackson expressed his extreme displeasure […]

President Clinton questions McCain’s emotional stability?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

During a conversation about philanthropy and global issues at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Former President Bill Clinton made some comments about the lingering psychological impact of having been a prisoner of war. The context was a discussion about former South […]

General Clark, Senator McCain, and a question of character

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Last Sunday (June 29) retired Army General Wesley Clark startled “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer by questioning Senator John McCain’s military experience as a qualification for the presidency. Schieffer was asking General Clark about his description of Senator McCain […]

The Second Amendment, guns, and the Supreme Court

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The verdict is now in from the U.S. Supreme Court–the Second Amendment means what it says. In a historic 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that no government entity–local, state, or federal–can totally ban […]

The Supreme Court Devalues Children Yet Again: the Child Rape Decision

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The Supreme Court continued its disturbing trend of devaluing children with its Patrick Kennedy v. Louisiana decision. By a 5 to 4 majority (how familiar is that phrase becoming?) the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional for […]

Iraq: When Will Progress Be Acknowledged As Significant?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Last month 21 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq, 17 from hostile fire. In May 2007, there were 127 causalities in Iraq. The “surge” is working and bringing with it a measure of military and political success that must be […]

Fathers: Optional Accessories in Families?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

With the observance of Father’s Day and the heartbreaking, sudden death of Tim Russert, author of the best selling Big Russ & Me, the nation’s attention has been focused on fathers. Russert’s Big Russ & Me about Tim’s working class, […]

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The changing opinion landscape

posted by Dr. Richard Land

LifeWay Research, the research and survey branch of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has partnered with the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to survey Americans on a host of moral and social issues facing American […]

Same-Sex Marriage: It’s on the front burner again

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The debate over same-sex marriage is certain to heat up again over the summer and into the fall election season. Why? First, following the California Supreme Court’s mandate that same-sex marriages commence on June 17, thousands of homosexual couples will […]

Senator Obama, Trinity Church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Plfeger—What’s the Problem?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Senator Obama and his wife Michelle have now resigned their membership from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Given the outrageous and incendiary statements made from the pulpit by Rev. Wright and repeated with evident relish from the podium […]

Barack Obama—a historic American moment

posted by Dr. Richard Land

For all intents and purposes, the primary season (an unprecedentedly long and arduous endurance contest it was, particularly on the Democratic side) is now over, and the general election campaign has commenced. Before the nation plunges into the partisan atmosphere […]

Southern Baptists and the General Culture: Marching to a Different Beat – Part II

posted by Dr. Richard Land

LifeWay Research, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has released some interesting results from its in-depth surveys of Southern Baptist pastors across the nation. Eighty percent of Southern Baptist pastors say that they currently support […]

Southern Baptists and the General Culture: Marching to a different beat—Part 1

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Southern Baptists—the largest Protestant denomination in America, with just under 16.3 million members in nearly 44,000 local congregations—have some awareness that they are out of step with the broader culture in which they live. As Evangelicals, they expect to be. […]

Score one for the U.S. Supreme Court

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Monday, May 19, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a significant signal that they may be returning to sanity on the issue of child pornography. By a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress and state legislatures can pass […]

Who shall prevail—the judges or the people?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The California Supreme Court has ruled (by a 4-3 vote) in its supposedly “infinite” wisdom that the California state constitution requires that same-sex couples must have the same right to get married as heterosexual couples do. The California Supreme Court […]

Israel and the United States: A Special Relationship

posted by Dr. Richard Land

What an honor and a privilege it was to be present as an honorary member of the official U.S. delegation at the Recognition and Gala hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres Wednesday night here in Jerusalem! It was an inspiring […]

Journey to the Promised Land – Part 1

posted by Dr. Richard Land

As I write this, I am on a plane flying to Israel to attend official observances celebrating the nation of Israel’s 60th birthday. I was asked, along with others, by President Bush to be an “honorary” member of the official […]

Christians and Public Policy: More news from the people

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Earlier this week (“Christians and Politics: Too much or too little?”) I shared information from a public opinion survey which showed Americans’ significant level of comfort with “Christians being involved in politics.” The poll found the following levels of support […]

Christians in Politics: Too much or too little?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Over the past few weeks, a national polling firm for LifeWay Research and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission conducted a survey asking Americans to respond to this statement: “I am concerned that at times Christians are too involved in […]

The Texas Polygamy Cult: Concern for Children Must Come First

posted by Dr. Richard Land

On April 3, 2008, Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) authorities raided the Eldorado, Texas compound (known as the Yearning for Zion ranch) of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) polygamist sect. The authorities raided the compound based on […]

A National Day of Prayer

posted by Dr. Richard Land

On May 5, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a law marking the first Thursday in May every year as a National Day of Prayer. (Earlier, President Harry Truman had declared a National Day of Prayer in 1952, but did not […]

Divorce—Yet More Costs to Society

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Serious and important studies such as Why Marriage Matters, Twenty-One Conclusions from the Social Sciences (2002) and Hardwired to Connect (2003) have documented the ravages of divorce and single parenthood on children as well as their mothers and fathers. The […]

Television—Dangerous for Children?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Most living Americans look upon television as a natural home appliance and think no more about its implications than they would electrical lamps or a washing machine. In fact, more American homes have TVs than have washing machines. Indeed, American […]

Religion, Values Voters, and the 2008 Election Cycle

posted by Dr. Richard Land

A couple of days after the 2004 presidential election I received a phone call from a reporter from a national publication. She wanted to know about those “moral values” voters, the 25 percent of Americans who stated in exit polls […]

“Bitter-gate” or “Cling-gate”?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

As anyone interested in the American electoral process knows that on April 6 at a supposedly private fundraiser of extremely affluent, latte-sipping, cheese-tasting, wine-quaffing, limousine liberals at the ground zero of elitism—San Francisco—Sen. Barack Obama uttered these now infamous words: […]

Are conservatives really happier?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

In his book, Who Really Cares: the surprising truth about compassionate Conservatives (Basic Books 2006), Syracuse University Professor Arthur C. Brooks demonstrates that “conservatives” give considerably more money and time to charitable causes than do liberals, thus proving that “compassionate […]

Conservatives Give More to Charity than Liberals?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Do “conservatives” give more to charitable causes than “liberals”? According to Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks, they do. Dr. Brooks, a professor of public administration at Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, was quite astounded with the […]

Spirituality and happiness: are they connected?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have made a discovery that they found most startling. Mark Holder, professor of psychology at UBC, and his graduate assistant, Judi Wallace, confessed that they were quite surprised when their research revealed that […]

Dr. King—Forty years later, his life and vision still inspire

posted by Dr. Richard Land

April 4, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Anyone who had reached the age of consciousness by that date remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard […]

Supreme Court Strikes Blow for U.S. Constitution and U.S. Sovereignty

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 6-3 majority in the Medellin v. Texas decision, struck a significant blow for the U.S. Constitution and U.S. sovereignty against the encroaching power of international treaties and U.N. authority upon U.S. law. Contrary to […]

The French lead the way in expressing moral outrage?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

I was aware that the ascension of Nicolas Sarkozy, known affectionately as “Sarko the American” to his countrymen, to the presidency of France was going to have positive ramifications, but I had no idea just how much difference it would […]

Rev. Wright, Senator Obama and the Ghosts in the Room

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Whenever Americans discuss the issue of race, there are always ghosts in the room with us—the ghosts of racial sins and racial hurts from our shared and tragic past. Race has always been the serpent in the American Eden, the […]

Parental rights and government requirements

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The California Second District Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 28 that parents who do not hold a “teaching certificate” but continue to educate their children at home can be found guilty of breaking the law. This is an outrageous decision. […]

What was Geraldine Ferraro Thinking?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Geraldine Ferraro, a trailblazer for women as the first woman on a major party national ticket (Walter Mondale’s presidential running mate in 1984), said the following about Senator Barack Obama: “If Obama was a white man, he would not be […]

Spitzer, Dershowitz and “victimless” crimes

posted by Dr. Richard Land

Of all the sad and pathetic aspects of the fall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, when his almost decade-long use of prostitutes was uncovered, the most pathetic was Prof. Alan Dershowitz’s assertion that prostitution was a “victimless crime.” A vicious and […]

Islamic Voting Patterns – Good News?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The news reports of the recent election in Pakistan emphasized the decisive defeat of President Musharraf. Unfortunately, not enough attention has been paid to the dramatic defeat of the radical Islamist parties. The parties sympathetic to al Qaeda and the […]

Success in Iraq—can the president’s critics accept victory?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The good news from Iraq continues to accumulate. Former critics such as Anthony Cordesman have the integrity and the courage to believe their eyes when they are confronted with “major process in every area” when they visit the nation of […]

Is there democracy in the Democratic Party?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

What a titanic struggle for delegates is unfolding in the Democratic race for the White House! With Senators Clinton and Obama locked in hand-to-hand combat for every single delegate, it is beginning to look as if the Democrats may not […]

Government judges deciding which ministers may perform marriages? Heaven forbid!

posted by Dr. Richard Land

I find myself in the uncomfortable position of being in virtually total agreement with the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in its suit against a judge who ruled that marriages are invalid “if presided over by a […]

McCain v. Clinton or McCain v. Obama: Which contest is better for America?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

It now appears almost certain that the presidential contest in 2008 will be between Sen. McCain and either Sen.Clinton or Obama. I have been asked on many occasions which contest I would prefer. My answer is that, as a conservative, […]

Evangelical turnout: What happened and why?

posted by Dr. Richard Land

The tidal wave of “Super Tuesday” has come and gone. What did it leave in its wake? On the Democratic side, the race between Senators Clinton and Obama tightened rather than clarified. Sen. Obama won more states, but the really […]

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