Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law subcommittee hearing on “The Ethical Imperative for Reform of our Immigration System”, July 14, 2010 in the Rayburn House Office Building. (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call via Getty Images)
By Brian Tashman / 04.20.2016
Yesterday, Religious Right leader Richard Land appeared on “Sandy Rios in the Morning” to defend North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law, citing information he received from a group called the American College of Pediatricians.
Despite the group’s official-sounding name, the ACP is actually a tiny fringe organization launched by anti-gay activists who objected to the mainstream medical community’s greater acceptance of LGBT identities. The leading organization in the pediatric field, the American Academy of Pediatrics, has joined other health and children’s groups in calling for the repeal of the North Carolina law.
Nonetheless, Land cited the an ACP paper titled “Gender Ideology Harms Children” in an effort to substantiate his claim that nondiscrimination measures are “confusing and doing psychological harm to 98 percent of the boys and 88 percent for the gender-confused girls who eventually figure out that they are girls and that they are boys in order to further confuse and confirm in their confusion the small minority that don’t.”
“These people are practicing psychological and physiological child abuse on a whole generation of our nation’s children and it’s up to us as responsible and clear-thinking adults to stop them,” he added.
Land has previously said that gay couples with children are also practicing “child abuse.”