Americans no longer view socialism as such a taboo idea.
A story from Gallup reveals that Americans are more closely divided on the issue of socialism than in the previous century.
51 percent of American adults believe that socialism would be a bad thing for the country. However, 43 percent believe it would be a good thing. In contrast, a 1942 Roper/Fortune survey detailed how 40% described socialism as a bad thing, 25 percent a good thing, and 34 percent did not have a solid opinion on the issue.
It’s becoming clear that Americans no longer view socialism with overwhelming skepticism like their predecessors. In fact, Americans’ definition of socialism has changed during the past few decades. Nearly one in four Americans associate with the concept of social equality and 17 percent see it as government control of the means of production. The majority of Democrats view socialism in a positive light, a trend that has been consistent according to Gallup polling in 2010. Specifically, 57 percent of Democrats view socialism positively.
In fact, an April Gallup survey found that 47 percent of Americans would vote for a socialist candidate for president. Indeed, socialism has not been fully embraced by Americans. However, the Overton Window is likely shifting in that regard.
With Bernie Sanders running for office again, and his recent hiring of individuals like David Sirota, who praised Venezuelan socialism in the past, it appears that socialism is gaining a second wind in America.
Other individuals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are popularizing leftist ideas among the youth.
As the general culture embraces more identity politics and egalitarianism, it will likely shift political beliefs towards leftist causes.
This highlights the importance of the Trump movement working on efforts to retake American cultural institutions.
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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