[For background, please see my last post: Richard Land the Plagiarist: Top SBC Ethicist Stirs Up Controversy With Someone Else's Rant.]
In the last post, I revealed that Richard Land passed off as his own – plagiarized – two separate columns during his March 31st radio program.
I received more than a few e-mails asking whether I thought this was a one-time thing? Did Land just get sloppy? Or was this part of a pattern, a common practice for Land?
It sure seems this is a common practice for the ethically-challenged Rev. Dr. Land.
Below you will find a transcription of the most of the first 10-11 minutes of the second-hour of Richard Land Live! from February 4, 2012. The program title is Religious Freedom Under Attack.
During this 10-minute segment, Land passes off as his own commentary a Washington Examiner editorial titled “Obamacare regulation tramples on religious freedom.”
I have bolded the parts of Land’s radio commentary that are VERBATIM from the Washington Examiner cited above. Here it is:
RICHARD LAND: I want to return now to talk about the President’s proclamation that, his proclamation of new health care rules under Obamacare that will require Catholics and others who have moral and religious objections to, having to pay for abortifacients and morning after pills, medical services that cause abortions. They have a year to kill their conscience and come into compliance.
The President has made a mockery of one of America’s most sacred constitutional principles, the right of individual to freedom of religious belief and practice without interference from government. On Jan. 20, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s secretary of health and human services, issued new regulations under Obamacare that require employers, including religiously affiliated organizations like hospitals and churches, to include coverage of contraception and abortifacients like the morning-after pill, in their employee health insurance plans.
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Now, it’s not clear which part of “no law” Obama and Sebelius missed, but that is exactly what the new HHS regulation does because it forces millions of American Catholics and evangelical Protestants who object to abortion to support practices that violate their most deeply held religious beliefs.
Now, I’m going to be on a webcast Thursday night, 8:00 eastern time along with some Bishops from the Catholic Church and some Rabbis talking about this and how serious it is. If you’ll monitor our website – Richard Land Live! – we’ll post the information about how you can see that webcast. So if you would like to jot down richardlandlive.com and check with us. We don’t have the information right now. But when we do, we’ll put it up.
Um, when the Obama administration announced last summer that the Obamacare mandate would likely include this coverage requirement, a number of religious organizations, including the Catholic Church, requested exemptions. HHS granted an exemption in the regulation announced last week, but it is laughably narrow and brief. Churches donot have to provide the coverage to their clergy, but they must for all other church employees. The regulation thus makes all members of the church contribute to the provision of something alien to their religious faith and practice. Sebelius granted them an extra year to come into compliance.
As Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop and Cardinal-designate of New York said, “To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their health care is literally unconscionable. It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically, this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty. In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” Dolan said.
He was not a happy man.
America’s devotion to religious freedom has been so strong for so long that the country recognizes the primacy of religious principle even in areas like military service, with conscientious objector status for Quakers, and in civic rites such as saying the Pledge of Allegiance, from which Jehovah’s Witnesses are exempted. No wonder the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops has called the regulation “an unprecedented attack on religious liberty” because it forces individuals and institutions – listen to this, it forces individuals and institutions to sell, or purchase or um to sell, broker or purchase services to which they have a moral or religious objection.
Americans have a wide divergence of opinion on issues like abortion, but virtually everybody agrees that no man or woman should be forced to violate his or her religious beliefs by supporting practices he or she finds objectionable. This is a civil liberties issue that was resolved centuries ago by the First Amendment.
Land does link to the Washington Examiner editorial under “full show notes” on his radio show website. He also links to columns by Peggy Noonan, Michael Gerson and E.J. Dionne.
Yet, Land made no mention of the Washington Examiner during the segment transcribed above. Listeners did not know he was quoting the Examiner word-for-word.
In fact, during this segment Land cites both Gerson and Noonan. At one point, he even reads aloud a lengthy quote from Noonan’s column. He CLEARLY identifies those words as Peggy Noonan’s.
Land doesn’t do that with the Washington Examiner. I guess stealing from names like Noonan and Gerson is a bridge-too-far for Land? It’s much easier to pass off as one’s own an editorial from the Washington Examiner and Investor’s Business Daily?
Land takes calls from Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and other states. Those listeners most certainly believe that the commentary Richard Land is offering is his own.
That’s fraud. Maybe talk radio fraud is somewhat common. I don’t know. I’m not a big connoisseur of talk radio.
But this practice is plagiarism. It’s unethical and downright deceptive.
Remember that Richard Land is the chief ethicist of the SBC. He’s the president of the SBC’s ETHICS & Religious Liberty Commission.
What an example!