Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart has tested positive for the Wuhan flu, according to a statement he released on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The Republican is the first congressman to test positive for the disease.
Diaz-Balart claimed that he began feeling the symptoms of the virus on Saturday which included “a fever and headache,” according to the statement his office published. He was informed that he had tested positive for the Wuhan virus on Wednesday.
“I want everyone to know that I am feeling much better,” the elected official said in the statement. “However, it is important that everyone take this extremely seriously and follow CDC guidelines in order to avoid getting sick and mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times.”
The House is currently in recess with members going back to their districts, while the Senate has continued working despite the national recommendation that people not congregate in groups of more than 10 people. The House will return soon, however, as both chambers of government work on legislation to tackle the Wuhan virus.
Although Diaz-Balart is the first member of Congress to be infected with the virus, a few others have self-quarantined a few days after contacting someone who has tested positive. This includes Senator Ted Cruz and Congressmen Matt Gaetz and Doug Collins, who all pursued similar action after interacting with a person last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference who was diagnosed with the virus. Furthermore, Gaetz and Collins met with President Donald Trump after the conference.
Cruz prolonged his initial self-quarantine after he discovered that he had met with a second person who caught the virus. He ended his quarantine on Tuesday.
It should be noted that Diaz-Balart is not the first major Florida politician to test positive for the virus. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said last week that he had caught the Wuhan flu after meeting with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.
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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