Dallas area salon owner Shelley Luther became famous by breaking Texas’s shelter order in late April.
Like many small business owners, she had to make ends meet and could not afford the luxury of a prolonged shutdown.
She would then receive a citation from the city of Dallas. Her case gained widespread coverage and she would later be invited to a rally protesting the closures.
At the rally, Luther expressed her desire to keep her business afloat and also wants the rest of the Texas economy to continue running. She said before the crowd, “We have a right to run a business and feed our children.”
Luther then took out her citation and ripped it up in front of the crowd, which drew massive cheers from the crowd.
“You’re our Rosa Parks,” a woman yelled from the crowd as Shelley Luther took the stage.
Open Texas admins speak to a crowd of hundreds in Frisco, TX. They say the consequences of shelter in place orders outweigh the benefits. They urge the governor to open businesses and support neighbors’ right to stay home if they want. @wfaa pic.twitter.com/bmjYOLV5Z9
— Eric Alvarez (@EricWFAA) April 25, 2020
On May 5, 2020, Luther received a 7-day jail sentence and was fined $7,000. The salon owner refused to apologize to the judge for her decision to open the business.
Essentially, local busybodies want to castigate Shelley for the grievous crime of trying to sustain herself and family.
On the night of May 5,a GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for Shelley Luther and her business.
As of May 6, over $260,000 has been raised for Luther and her family.
The woman given a jail sentence for bravely refusing to close her small business has raised $80,000 from supporters.
I think governors are losing control of the narrative.
— Bachman (@ElonBachman) May 6, 2020
However, the government has been lackluster in its efforts to re-open the economy.
Governor Greg Abbott must take action, lest he wants people like Luther to continue to economically suffer.
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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