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Richard Land (center) of the Southern Baptist Convention often appears on talk shows. In June, he spoke with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (left) in Nashville.
PORTRAITS in POWER

Baptist lobbyist walks a fine line

Influential conservative distances self from the far right

By Nina J. Easton
Globe Staff / October 10, 2005

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Second of three parts on key evangelical leaders NASHVILLE -- In the early 1970s, Richard Land, the Southern Baptist son of a Houston welder, took up his calling as the pastor of a storefront church in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. ''We had a gay bar next door, and a drag queen costume shop across the street," he ... (Full article: 2315 words)

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