Allum Bokhari of Breitbart News reported that Bradley Smith, a law professor and former Republican Federal Election Commissioner, will be serving on the board of a new advocacy group tasked with protecting Big Tech companies from substantial social media reforms. Smith headed up the “Institute for Free Speech,” which also tried to protect Big Tech giants from legislative accountability.
Per another report from Bokhari, a new lobbying group “American Edge” is being established with Facebook’s tacit support. The group fills the role of defending Big Tech against Republican and Democrat efforts to check social media’s power.
According to the Washington Post, the group will make the case that Big Tech companies are “essential” to free speech on the Internet.
Smith is one of the Republicans on the board of American Edge and has built a reputation for opposing campaign finance reform. He was the founder of the Institute for Free Speech (previously called the Center for Competitive Politics) following his departure from the FEC. The Institute’s original aim was to advocate against campaign finance reform.
Recently, the Institute for Free Speech has argued that Congress should not modify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives tech companies carte blanche to censor users.
In 2019, the Institute made an assertion that changing Section 230 allegedly “threatens the First Amendment.” The article also recognized that Section 230 gives the power to tech companies to censor their platforms, while contending that the law should not be changed:
Senator Cruz has forgotten, or misrepresents, that Section 230 was created to encourage platforms to remove objectionable content, not to enforce “neutrality.” Had Internet companies simply been treated as publishers, they would have been liable for any illegal content that appeared on their platforms. The only way Internet companies could have avoided liability would be to adopt a completely hands-off approach to content moderation, but this presented its own problems.
Big Tech will continue to have its way as people like Smith gain clout and derail any conversation about holding these companies accountable.
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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