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Shelley Luther Wants to Use GoFundMe for Two Laredo Women Who Were Unjustly Imprisoned for Offering Beauty Services

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Following the release of Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther on May 7, 2020, Luther has new plans with the money she received on GoFundMe.

On May 8, Luther was in front of her Dallas business, Salon A La Mode, and talked about her future plans. Additionally, her comments came  following U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s visit to her salon in the morning to provide support and receive a haircut.

Luther was involved in a drawn out fight with local officials after she reopened her salon in defiance of the city’s stay-at-home order. Dallas judge Eric Moye found her in contempt of court on May 5 after she did not apologize for her actions, which notably included her decision to publicly tear up a cease-and-desist letter from the county at a political rally she gave a speech at.

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On May 5, she was sentenced to seven days in jail. However, statewide leaders like Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott were able to get her out of jail on May 7.

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During her legal struggle, supporters had been pitching in to a GoFundMe page that was set up for her. It eventually reached its target of $500,000. Now, Luther wants to give out the money to people who desperately need it.

After using some of the money to pay off her legal fees and mortgage, she announced that she has other plans with the money.

“We have already planned on spreading some of that gift today in South Dallas. I’ve already reached out, trying to get in contact with the two ladies in Laredo and I would like to pay for any of their attorney fees, any citations they have, and maybe give them a little bit of head-start money,” Luther stated.

The two Laredo women who Luther mentioned are Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia and Brenda Stephanie Mata. On April 15, they were both arrested for allegedly selling beauty services from their homes, which also violated shutdown orders during the pandemic.

The two women were also mentioned by Abbott after he changed his executive orders on May 6 to get rid of jail time for violations of these orders.

“I had to do what I felt was right in this situation, and whether they support it or not… if they’re a salon owner, they are getting to open 10 days earlier,” Luther commented.

Salons and barber shops have now been reopened in Texas but with regulations that still maintain social distancing practices. Last week, businesses such as retail stores and restaurants reopened at 25% capacity.

Although Texas did the right thing by declaring gun stores to be essential businesses, the government dropped the ball by not protecting small businesses like Luther’s.

Abbott will need to correct course and make sure that Texas undergoes a more thorough re-opening.

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Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting

They say they’re not changing their name.

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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.

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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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