Earlier this week, the New York Young Republican Club announced its official cooperation with Lega Giovani, the youth wing of the Lega party in Italy.
Lega has built its reputation as one of the fastest growing political parties in Italy and one of the premier populist parties in Europe.
In a statement signed by the New York Young Republican Club President Gavin Wax and Member of the Italian Parliament Luca Toccalini, they described Lega’s political platform as one that promotes “many of the same themes as President Donald J Trump, such as halting illegal immigration and resisting the rising tide of globalism.”
In the populist conservatives’ view, “forging new ties between likeminded patriotic youth movements around the world is necessary and beneficial to counter the Left’s growing international networks.”
They believe that cooperation “will bring our respective nations closer together, and we will collaborate to counter the international threat to Western civilization.”
The two conservative groups recognize the importance of the Italian-American demographic — with 1.3 million Italians and Italian-Americans living in the New York City metropolitan area — as a potential voting bloc for Lega in future elections. Their cooperative efforts will involve the New York Young Republican Club assisting Lega Giovani “in outreach to New Yorkers of Italian origin who are eligible to vote in the next Italian election.”
In addition, the New York Young Republican Club and Lega Giovani are collaborating to protect Christopher Columbus statues in the United States. The New York Young Republican Club announced that it “will seek to preserve and protect these statues from the radical mobs intent on destroying our shared heritage and rewriting our history.”
The two organizations concluded:
The New York Young Republican Club and Lega Giovani look forward to conducting joint events in the near future as part of what both organizations hope will be an extensive and constructive relationship.
The partnership that these two groups have crafted is a model that other conservative organizations should emulate.
There is always strength in numbers and no one lives on an island in politics.
The joint statement can be read here.
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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