The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory on January 31, 2020 warning Americans to not travel to China due to the coronavirus spreading across the East Asian country.
This virus was first identified in Wuhan, China.
On January 30, the World Health Organization declared that this viral outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Travelers should expect travel restrictions from the government, while commercial carriers are reducing or suspending routes to and from China.
Americans currently in China were advised to consider departing via commercial means. The State Department requested that all non-essential U.S. government personnel not travel to China in the midst of this coronavirus outbreak.
In order to contain the coronavirus, Chinese officials have suspended, air, rail, and road travel in the vicinity of Wuhan and imposed restrictions on travel and other activities across the country. On January 23, 2020 the State Department ordered all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members to leave Wuhan.
In the meantime, China has taken advantage of this situation to roll out its fancy surveillance tech.
The Global Times tweeted about China’s efforts to use drones across China to monitor the outbreak.
It posted, ”Walking around without a protective face mask? Well, you can’t avoid these sharp-tongued drones! Many village and cities in China are using drones equipped with speakers to patrol during the #coronavirus outbreak.”
Walking around without a protective face mask? Well, you can't avoid these sharp-tongued drones! Many village and cities in China are using drones equipped with speakers to patrol during the #coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/ILbLmlkL9R
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) January 31, 2020
The video the Global Times posted was of a drone instructing an elderly lady in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia to go back to her home and get her protective face mask. The voice-operated drone told her that she should not be going outside without wearing a mask.
True to its authoritarian nature, China is exploiting this situation to demonstrate its authoritarian powers within its borders.
The Trump administration should act quickly to ensure that this virus does not spread, and he can do so by restricting travel to and from China.
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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