Richard Land to present petition with 1.2 million signatures in opposition to health care bill

By Jill Waggoner
Sep 8, 2009


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Richard Land, host of Richard Land Live! and president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will meet with other Salem Radio Network hosts in Washington, DC, tomorrow to deliver SRN’s “Free Our Health Care Now” petition, opposing the health care reform legislation now before Congress. He will be joined by prominent radio hosts Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Janet Parshall, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt.

Coverage of press conference to be carried on
CSPAN-3 at 2:00 pm Eastern.

The petition, sponsored by the National Center for Policy Analysis and SRN, has gained over 1.2 million signatures since its launch May 25. Printed copies of the petition will be transported to the U.S. Capitol in an ambulance and delivered to congressional lawmakers on gurneys.

“This petition is indicative of a spontaneous grass roots eruption of protest against a government takeover of the American health care system,” said Land. “Anyone who doubts the strength and vitality of this movement needs only have attended one of the thousands of town hall meetings to know that this is real.”

Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) have agreed to accept the boxes of petitions at a news conference set for 2 p.m. and will take the boxes to the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid following the conference. The conference will take place at the Upper Senate Park, adjacent to the Russell Senate Office Building. NCPA Chairman and former Delaware Governor Pete DuPont will lead the news conference, which will take place just hours before President Obama’s health care address to a joint session of Congress.

In addition, House GOP leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) will deliver copies of the signatures to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Other lawmakers to appear at the conference will be announced later.

“We obviously will be in the right place at the right time,” SRN VP/News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup said. “This petition drive represents an unprecedented melding of terrestrial radio, new media including the Internet, and traditional retail politics as our hosts deliver to Congress over 1.2 million signatures on the hottest political and moral issue of 2009.”

The petition can be found at

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 16.2 million members in over 44,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

Salem Radio Network is a division of Salem Communications a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values.

The National Center for Policy Analysis is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983.

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1 On Sep 9, 2009, at 10:53pm, cyndy engel wrote:

Thank you for speaking up against the current health care takeover by the government.  Thank you for everything you do to keep us informed on important issues!

2 On Sep 10, 2009, at 12:35am, Homer Ontman, Ph.D. wrote:

I am blessed and proud to be a life-long Southern Baptist, and I pray that the documents to be delivered will get the most serious attention to whom they are addressed.

My ecumenical endorser for my commission as a militaty chaplain is the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board, and I have served as a chaplain since. God has blessed me with my latest and final promotion to Lt. Col. Pray for us who are missionaries to the military. I pray for you and our country!

3 On Sep 10, 2009, at 7:04pm, Kelley Morris wrote:

I am vehemently opposed to anything run by the government.  There is a history of poor performance where government run entities are concerned.  Please let the private sector handle this, not the government.  I do believe much needed changes are warranted with our current health care system.

4 On Sep 11, 2009, at 2:34am, Gloria wrote:

Vehemently opposed to govt “takeover”...what else can our elected officials mess up…not much…

5 On Oct 1, 2009, at 5:09pm, Simret Enahreb wrote:

“I am vehemently opposed to anything run by the government.  There is a history of poor performance where government run entities are concerned.  Please let the private sector handle this, not the government.”

There is a history of poor & unjust performance in the private run health care system - that’s why the government NEEDS to take this issue up.  If the whole body of Christ did its Christian duty in taking care of the weak, the poor, and the sick - it wouldn’t need to get involved.  We as christians aught to help not hinder that process.

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