NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention's public
policy arm says it will investigate claims that the group's
president plagiarized controversial remarks about the Trayvon
On his weekly radio show recently, Richard Land claimed
President Barack Obama had used the case to stir up racial
resentment and turn out black voters. The killing of the unarmed
black teen by a neighborhood watch volunteer has sparked debates
about race and self-defense laws nationwide.
The plagiarism allegations came over the weekend when a Baptist
blogger revealed much of Land's commentary was pulled verbatim from
a Washington Times editorial.
Land called the lack of attribution an oversight and vowed to do
A statement from the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty
Commission announcing the investigation says attribution standards
on talk radio are not the same as in academia or journalism.