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Richard Land says Obama using Trayvon Martin case for politics

(RNS) The Southern Baptist Convention's top public policy official called activists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton “racial ambulance chasers” who are fomenting a “mob mentality” over the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. By David Gibson.

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Southern Baptists mull whether ‘Southern’ still fits

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (RNS) For the Southern Baptist Convention, which has used the same name for nearly 170 years, changing its name to make it less “Southern” isn't easy. First, there has to be the will to do so. And on that, the jury is still out. By Roy Hoffman.