Despite his long standing personal pledge not to endorse any candidate, Southern Baptist leader Richard Land has endorsed Mitt Romney.
Not only did he break his pledge, he did it with an amazing amount of hyperbole.
Every four years we have pundits and political gurus tell America, “This is the most important presidential election in a generation.” They are most often wrong. However, once a generation they are right. The 2012 presidential election on Nov. 6 is at least the most important election in a generation. It is perhaps the most important election since one that occurred on Nov. 6, 1860, when in the providence of God Abraham Lincoln was elected president, preserved the Union, and expunged the evil of slavery from our land.
America is at a fork in the road and must choose between a President Barack Obama who wants to remake America in the model of a European welfare state and a Governor Mitt Romney who wants to restore a more economically vibrant and traditionally moral America.
Ugh… spare me…but wait, it gets better.
For Christians of traditional religious faith there cannot be more fundamental issues than the protection of the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death and the defense of marriage as a divinely-ordained institution between one man and one woman.
It is for all these reasons and more that I endorse Gov. Mitt Romney for president of the United States. In doing so, I am personally breaking a 24-year tradition of not exercising my right as a private citizen to endorse a candidate. I am endorsing Gov. Romney because he endorses my values and convictions on the issues discussed in this column.
Right, because that’s what Jesus said.
I’d suggest someone tell Rich that Governor Romney has hired nearly all the same advisers that were responsible for putting the US in this condition under George Bush, but I’m sure he’d just stick his fingers in his ears and shout something ridiculous so he couldn’t hear them.
Oh, and, as the New York Times notes:
But Land’s endorsement — which he said he was making as a private citizen — also comes with significant baggage.
This summer Land announced that he would retire in 2013 as head of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission — an influential public policy post he has held for 25 years — following a series of controversies and ethical missteps.
They included racially-charged comments that Land made on his radio show about the Trayvon Martin shooting case, as well as evidence that he was lifting some of his program scripts from other sources without attribution. The controversies resulted in an official reprimand, the loss of his radio talk show and led to the announcement of his retirement.