Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) continued his left-ward turn today when he voted with the Democrats in the House Oversight Committee to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt for refusing to surrender documents related to the census.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) June 12, 2019
The Oversight Committee voted 24-15 in favor of holding Ross and Barr in contempt as apart of their latest witch hunt, with Amash being the only Republican to join the Democrats and vote for the measure. It will now go to the House floor for consideration.
Barr and Ross are under fire from desperate Democrats and Republican defector Amash because the administration, citing executive privilege, has refused to comply with subpoenas regarding the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 US Census.
“Despite more than two months since we issued the subpoenas and more than a week since we told the agencies we were moving to contempt, the agencies have made no commitment or counter-offer regarding any of the critical documents in our subpoenas,” a spokesman for Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said.
The Trump administration and Congressional Republican leaders are calling the Democrats’ request invasive and uncalled for.
“These documents are protected from disclosure by the deliberative process, attorney-client communications, or attorney work product components of executive privilege,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in a letter to Cummings (D-Md.).
“Regrettably, you have made these assertions necessary by your insistence upon scheduling a premature contempt vote,” Boyd added.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the highest-ranking Republican on the Oversight Committee, claimed Cummings’ decision was a “misuse of the committee’s contempt authority” and “another act of political theater.”
Ross blasted Cummings and the Democrats as well for their unprofessional behavior to divide the country for partisan political gains.
“The Democrats have continued to attack this administration on dubious grounds, and they aren’t going to let the facts get in the way of their own concocted stories,” Ross said.
“By holding a contempt vote, the committee has already demonstrated its scorn for the Constitution, continually refusing to engage in the constitutionally-mandated accommodation process. That is far more serious than the empty stunt the committee performed today,” he added.
Amash, a libertarian who supports open borders, is assisting the Democrats as they attempt to shield non-citizens from the consequences of breaking the law. Amash is on the record supporting voting rights for non-citizens.
I voted against a motion to amend a bill to criticize San Francisco for letting non-citizens vote in school board elections. I voted no because I’m a constitutionalist who opposes such federal interference in LOCAL elections. Non-citizens have voted locally since our founding.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 9, 2019
He has garnered so much contempt from his own constituents that a grassroots “Squash Amash” rally is scheduled for Friday outside of his Grand Rapids office.
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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