Congressman Will Hurd announced this week that he would not be seeking reelection in 2020.
Hurd announced on Twitter, “I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security,”
I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security. https://t.co/GeZ4Hh264f
— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 2, 2019
Hurd is the only African American Republican in the House of Representatives.
He is the sixth GOP lawmaker and third House Republican in Texas to announce his retirement in the last two weeks.
Hurd declared in a statement that he left his previous job in the CIA to run for Congress in 2014 to provide the U.S. House with aid in intelligence and national security matters.
The outgoing Congressman said, “While Congress has a role in these issues, so does the private sector and civil society.”
He added, “After reflecting on how best to help our country address these challenges, I’m leaving the House of Representatives to help our country in a different way.”
Hurd represents a congressional district that spans the U.S.-Mexico border between San Antonio and El Paso. The New York Times notes that this district is essentially a swing district given that it has flipped five times between Republicans and Democrats since the 1990s.
For lovers of basic freedom, Hurd’s presence in Congress will not be missed.
He was one of the few Republicans who voted for H.R. 8 , the House’s universal gun registration bill, which was the largest expansion of gun control to pass a chamber of Congress since the Brady Act of 1993.
On top of that, Hurd voted for an amnesty bill that would potentially grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of illegal aliens.
Based on these votes, Hurd proved to be a reliable member of the political establishment.
Texas’ 23rd District deserves a true conservative option.
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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