by John Grooms
You gotta love the irony. Dr. Richard Land is a honcho in the Southern Baptist Convention, and an influential foe of the Cordoba House project in New York City (AKA the Ground Zero Mosque, or, more accurately, the two-blocks-away-and-not-even-visible-from-Ground-Zero Muslim Y and prayer room"). Land is president of the Southern Baptists Ethic and Religious Liberty Commission and heres the kicker a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. His job with the federal commission is to advise the federal government on policy designed to promote religious freedom abroad. His idea of religious freedom in New York City is that there should be a mosque exclusion zone near the site of the 9/11 attacks as if all Muslims are the same and support al-Qaeda. Once again, hypocrisy rules in the religious right, whether its civil rights, gay rights, womens rights, or now, freedom of religion. With these guys, their preferred policy is usually Freedom for me, but not for thee. Land isnt an exception, but the rule.