Baptist Leader Richard Land: Gay Rights For Christians Is Like Blacks Forced To Serve The KKK

Baptist Leader Richard Land: Gay Rights For Christians Is Like Blacks Forced To Serve The KKK

Richard Land, a Southern Baptist leader once again makes clear why evangelical pastors are so far removed from reality when it comes to gay rights, slavery, African Americans, the KKK and most everything else outside of reciting bible verses. I would usually say "please just make him stop talking," but I think the more he talks the more Americans see how ludicrous his message is, along with others like him.

Equal rights for gays is like forcing blacks to serve KKK ceremonies:

Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, this week likened equal rights for LGBT people to forcing African-Americans to participate in KKK induction ceremonies.

During a radio interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins that was obtained by the blog Good As You on Thursday, Land addressed a recent order by the Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission that required Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples. A December ruling by the commission had found that Phillips discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to serve them.

“This baker did not refuse to serve these people,” Land insisted. “He offered them his services – he just did not want to provide his services as part of a gay wedding ceremony.”

“This would be like going to a bakery owned by an African-American, and saying, ‘By the way, you have to bake a cake for a KKK induction ceremony, under penalty of law.’”

This is a seriously twisted analogy to make, but one he's comfortable making. Most Christians in America could care less if they wait on, serve, entertain or do any kind of work for gays in America except for a small minority of religious nutters.

And how does he feel about the ladies? Land once told a Meet The Press audience in 2004, that women should submit themselves graciously to the servant leadership of her husband and men should dictate if a woman is allowed to work outside their home.

MR. RUSSERT: We can try to find common ground, but there are differences, and I want to see just how profound they are. The Southern Baptist Convention in 1998 passed this statement on the family: "...A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband... She...has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household..."


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Dr. LAND: We almost needed to footnote the Apostle Paul when he said that "Husbands should love their wives the way Christ loves the church," which means husbands will always put their wives' needs above their own. And they are to be the head of their home, which means that they're responsible. It's a servant leadership role.

And my wife, who you met, has a PhD in marriage and family therapy and has worked outside the home since our youngest child was in kindergarten. That was our mutual choice. We're not against women working outside the home unless the husband believes that it's not the right choice.

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