The chairman of the committee investigating Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land has resigned.
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In a move announced Tuesday, the Rev. Steve Faith, a retired pastor from New Albany, Ind., stepped down as chairman of the trustee board for the Nashville-based Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
Land, the commission's president since 1988, has twice apologized for controversial remarks he made about the fatal February shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Land defended George Zimmerman, who shot Martin, and accused President Barack Obama and other African-American leaders of using the incident for political gain.
Land also has been accused of plagiarizing his comments about Martin during a March 31 radio broadcast. The comments came from a Washington Times column. Land has admitted he did not give on-air attribution.
"On occasion I have failed to provide appropriate verbal attributions on my radio broadcast, Richard Land Live!, and for that I sincerely apologize," he said in a statement April 6. "I regret if anyone feels they were deceived or misled."
SOURCE: The Tennessean