Southern Baptist heavyweight Richard Land in the fight of his life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) For the past 24 years, Richard Land has used his folksy charm and fiery rhetoric to become the public face of Southern Baptists. Now his future is in doubt, pending a probe of his remarks about the Trayvon Martin shooting and for alleged plagiarism. By Bob Smietana.

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Activists gather to plot defense of ‘religious liberty’

WASHINGTON (RNS) From Southern Baptist leader Richard Land to Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, the consensus at a high-profile conservative summit on “religious liberty” is that the Obama administration has it out for religious people. By Lauren Markoe.

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Southern Baptists to probe Richard Land’s Trayvon Martin remarks

(RNS) Southern Baptist leaders say they will investigate whether their top ethicist and public policy director plagiarized racially charged remarks about the Trayvon Martin case that many have said set back the denomination's efforts on racial reconciliation. By Adelle M. Banks.

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Richard Land accused of lifting Trayvon Martin comments

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(RNS) Richard Land, the Southern Baptist Convention's top public policy ethicist, has been accused of plagiarism after he criticized Democrats and civil rights leaders for exploiting the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. By Greg Horton.

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Christians join fight against cockfighting

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(RNS) Christian leaders are joining with animal rights defenders to advocate against cockfighting, calling the sport antithetical to biblical values. By Chris Herlinger.

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