The Boston Globe has a story [free registration required] on Richard Land, the Souther Baptist Convention’s lobby in Washington.
Gay leaders are particularly alarmed about Land’s promotion of ”reparative therapy” to transform sexual orientation. At the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in June, Land unveiled a video in which former gays and lesbians attribute their life paths to childhood sexual and physical abuse. (The men and women also condemned the intolerance of many religious figures they encountered.) More than 300 copies were distributed to churches as instruction on how to minister to gays and lesbians.
The article covers some of the action he’s taken in Washington, and some of the connections he has in the current administration. It mentions that Land was a personal friend of Bush in the late 80’s. While it should come as no surprise that the head of the SBC’s public policy arm forwards ex-gay rhetoric, the article does not mention how often those specific talking points come up in Land’s work. Considering how much of the article is devoted to Land’s work on gay issues, however, the ex gay line probably gets a good amount of attention.