NASHVILLE (BP) — Two reprimands have been issued to Richard Land by the trustee executive committee of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).
The ERLC trustee executive committee also is terminating Land’s weekly call-in radio show — the venue where Land made comments about the Trayvon Martin killing that ignited intense controversy, prompting the formation of a trustee ad hoc investigative committee.
The trustee committee stated that Land’s statements “were very hurtful and offensive to the Trayvon Martin family and to many in the African-American community. … Damage was done to the state of race relations in the Southern Baptist Convention.”
Regarding the call-in radio show, the ERLC trustee executive committee stated, “We have carefully considered the content and purpose of the Richard Land Live! broadcast. We find that they are not congruent with the mission of the ERLC. … We hereby announce that the Richard Land Live! radio program will end as soon as possible within the bounds of our contracts with the Salem Radio Network.”
The ERLC trustee executive committee that issued the reprimands and broadcast termination is led by Richard D. Piles, pastor of First Baptist Church, Camden, Ark.