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What's an ethical Baptist to do?

November 27, 2013 - Harry Eagar
Dr. Richard Land, until recently head of the ethics commission of the Southern Baptists, is getting some bad press from decent people for an Adoption Day screed in which he demands that single moms give up their babies to "a solid, faithful Christian home." a solid, faithful Christian home.

Where, if it is a Southern Baptist home, they will have goodness beaten into them with a leather belt.

Decent people are appalled, but a little digging unearths the reason Dr. Land is concerned to snatch babies from their moms and give them to Southern Baptists.

The Southern Baptists used to be the largest Protestant cult in the country, but it is shrinking. In a interview he gave to RealClearReligion in July, when he stepped down after 25 years of overseeing Southern Baptist ethics, Land said:

"The Southern Baptist plateauing is because we're not having babies."

So what Dr. Land is concerned about is not the future of the babies but the future weight of the collection plate take.

 
 

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