The United States Supreme Court approved the first set of executions within the federal justice system in an early-morning court ruling on Tuesday, overturning a court order blocking the Department of Justice from proceeding with the first planned execution on the basis of coronavirus safety concerns.
Daniel Lewis Lee is slated to become the first federal prisoner to be executed in seventeen years. Lee has been convicted of a triple murder of an Arkansas gun salesman and his family, torturing the family and killing them before dumping their bodies in a lake. Lee, a white supremacist, had been seeking to steal funds for a militia with which he planned to overthrow the United States government.
Family members of Lee’s triple murder victims oppose his execution, preferring that he receive a life sentence instead. It appears that the death sentence Lee was given in 1999 will be carried out on Tuesday afternoon, barring any unlikely last-minute clemency measures on the part of the President.
Lee had been originally scheduled to be executed through lethal injection at the Terre Haute federal prison on Monday, which houses the U.S. government’s death row and execution facilities. Lee’s lawyers and the family of Lee’s murder victims argued that commencing with the execution after a correctional officer at Terre Haute tested positive for coronavirus would endanger those legally entitled to observe the execution proceedings, a challenge overturned in a 5-4 ruling on the part of the Supreme Court.
Two more executions are planned at Terre Haute within the week, those of convicted murderers Dustin Lee Honken and Wesley Ira Purkey.
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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