In July of 2006 I wrote a blog about "Richard Land as Heir to Torquemada" that called Richard Land to task for defending the Bush administration's use of torture. Richard Land heads the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission with an office in Washington, D.C. As such he is charged with guiding 16 million Southern Baptists on ethical issues and raising a prophetic voice when moral issues are ignored in the public square.
While George W. Bush was in office, Richard Land relentlessly offered rationales for the war he launched in Iraq, publicly condoned the use of torture, and led cheers for nearly every aspect of the Bush administration's domestic and foreign agenda.
Now that Bush is out-of-office, Richard Land has found time to devote to the job that Southern Baptists have been paying him to do for nearly twenty years. The Religious News Service is now reporting that Richard Land has decided that waterboarding is torture. He also denounced President Obama for releasing documents that revealed that the Bush administration authorized the use of torture.
Better late than never on the issue of torture, Rchard. Now, could you please stop shooting at the messengers, whistleblowers and public servants who faithfully fulfill thier duties toward God, humanity, and the Constitution of the United States?