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Richard Land

*(Via USA Today) – The radio show of a longtime Baptist ethicist has been canceled because of comments on that show about the Trayvon Martin case, according to a report Friday in the Baptist Press.

The Southern Baptist Convention‘s Ethics & Religious Liberty Committee also issued Richard Land, president of the committee since 1988, two reprimands for his racially charged comments and plagarism of them from the Washington Times.

“We reprimand Dr. Land for his hurtful, irresponsible, insensitive, and racially charged words on March 31, 2012, regarding the Trayvon Martin tragedy,” according to the Baptist Press reprint of the reprimands. “It was appropriate for Dr. Land to issue the apology he made on May 9, 2012, and we are pleased he did so.”

Land’s problems started on a March 31 broadcast of his “Richard Land Live!” radio show in which he defended neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February in Sanford, Fla. Land accused President Obama of using the Martin shooting for political gain and labeled the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton as “race hustlers.”

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