Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who bravely stood up to municipal officials and re-opened her business during the Wuhan virus pandemic, announced on August 22, 2020 that she will be running for the Texas State Senate.
According to a report from the Texas Tribune, Luther is a resident of Denton Country and has been flirting with the idea of running to replace State Senator Pat Fallon in a special election set to take place now that Fallon is now heading to Congress.
“You better bet I’m putting my hat in the ring,” Luther said at a “Back the Blue” rally in support of law enforcement in Denton County.
Luther established herself as a folk hero for many on the right in 2020 after she received jail time for contempt of court after refusing to apologize for reopening her salon in violation of the law. Two days later she was set free following Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to remove the threat of jail time from an executive order. The Texas Supreme Court then granted a motion for her release.
During the rally, Luther marketed herself as an individual who would “stand up and go to jail for you.” Luther declared that she would “do it again and again because I’m gonna fight to keep our Texas values.” She posted these comments in a Twitter video.
Backing the Blue in Denton County pic.twitter.com/r7wfgPIKeu
— Shelley Luther (@ShelleyLuther) August 22, 2020
Luther will more than likely have challengers for her seat. Denton Mayor Chris Watts appointed a campaign treasurer for the vacant seat, and Republican State Representative Drew Springer is also eyeing the state Senate seat.
Former State Representative Jonathan Stickland recently purchased property inside Senate District 30 but admitted last week that he is ineligible to participate in this race. Per the Texas Constitution, people running for state Senate must live in the district for a year before the election.
Should Luther win, she would be a great addition to a Texas state legislature that has been filled with disappointment in recent legislative sessions.
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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