Freshman Democrat House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez today tweeted that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a “dangerous agency” with “widespread reporting” of rape.
Ocasio-Cortez made this claim while justifying her decision to publicly list Democrats who voted in ways she did not approve when it came to funding and expanding the power of ICE. Multiple Democrats are criticizing the beleaguered representative for this list of names, some calling it “Nixonian.”
While defending her decision on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez said that any Democrats who refuse to gut the “dangerous agency with 0 accountability, widespread reporting of rape, abuse of power” and “children dying” in its custody.
If you’re mad that I think people SHOULD KNOW when Dems vote to expand ICE powers, then be mad.
Having a D next to your name doesn’t make that right.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 2, 2019
While actual data suggests the instances of sexual assault and other forms of abuse, while intolerable and worthy of condemnation, do not happen more frequently than in regular prisons, Ocasio-Cortez quoted an unverified report by CNN to prove her point.
“At [DHS immigrant detention] facility, children recounted being held down for forcible injections, which medical records show are powerful antipsychotics and sedatives.” https://t.co/mEmgTmQlIT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 2, 2019
Big League Politics research reveals Ocasio-Cortez to be mistaken at best, or flagrantly wrong at worst. In reality, about 1,500 sexual assault allegations were made by ICE detainees from 2012-2018, and the total number of detainees peaked at nearly 45,000 in 2018. This means a little under 3 per cent of the population made allegations, some of which were not found to be accurate.
These numbers are on par with those of regular American prisons that are not exclusive to ICE detainees, where about 1.5 per cent of the 2.3 million strong population of incarcerated individuals in the United States have made allegations of sexual assault.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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