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Baptists Expel Two Churches for Not Trying to ‘Fix’ Gay People

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Texas Convention Shuns Congregations In Austin, Dallas That Affirm LGBT Members

The Baptist General Convention of Texas, the state’s oldest Baptist convention, plans to sever ties with churches in Austin and Dallas because they’ve chosen to affirm gay members.

The BGCT, which is aligned with the Southern Baptist Convention, includes more than 5,000 churches and numerous schools, including Baylor University. 

According to a BGTC resolution adopted in 1982, “The homosexual lifestyle is not normal or acceptable in God’s sight and is indeed called sin.”

“The good news of the Bible affirms the value and worth of every person, offering hope for all in Christ,” the convention states on a page titled “Homosexuality” on its website. “Forgiveness, restoration and transformation are available to the person who truly repents.” 

BGCT leaders sent letters last week to First Baptist Church of Austin and Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, notifying them that their pro-LGBT positions put them outside the bounds of “harmonious cooperation” with the convention, according to The Baptist Standard. 

“Should your church choose to publicly affirm same-sex sexual behavior, the BGCT will no longer be able to accept funds from the church, seat its messengers to the annual meeting, allow the church to express affiliation with the BGCT or allow its members to serve on the BGCT boards, committees or other roles,” BGCT leaders wrote in their letter to Wilshire Baptist Church.

The letter to Wilshire Baptist was sent in advance of a vote by the congregation Sunday on a resolution to allow LGBT deacons and same-sex marriage ceremonies. Despite BGCT’s threat, Wilshire Baptist members voted to approve the resolution, 577-367.

“Because of the position we have now taken, they don’t want to receive our money for the hunger offering,” Wilshire Associate Pastor Mark Wingfield told WFAA-TV. “I think it is astonishing to think the Baptist General Convention of Texas would turn away our direct contribution of hunger offering money because they disagree with us on the inclusion of persons who identify in the LGBT community.”

First Baptist Church of Austin, which also allows LGBT deacons and same-sex weddings, responded to BGTC in an open letter alleging that the convention was influenced by other churches that threatened to withhold financial contributions until the congregation was expelled. 

“Once we begin to listen to the voices who wield power and financial strength in this way, we have begun a slippery slope to fundamentalism and irrelevancy,” First Baptist Church of Austin wrote. “A religious system that drifts into listening to those with money and prioritizes those in power is the very thing Jesus Christ criticized and fought against — in fact, this is where the line is most often crossed between being a faith community and becoming an empire.” 

 

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New Florida Surgeon General’s First Act: Allowing Students Exposed to COVID to Attend School With No Restrictions

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He hasn’t even been confirmed yet by the Florida state Senate but Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Governor Ron DeSantis‘s new Surgeon General, on Wednesday signed an executive order that changes state policy on school attendance for students who have been exposed to COVID-19.

The order, which replaces an August 6 order by Dr. Ladapo’s predecessor, declares that students who have been exposed to COVID-19 can continue attending school in-person, as long as they are asymptomatic. It also repeatedly states that parents have sole discretion on how children are educated – in person or virtually – and on masks, effectively eliminating any locally-ordered mask mandates.

“The school boards in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, Alachua and Leon counties [had] challenged the Aug. 6 rule, which did not include the new provision about parents or legal guardians having ‘sole discretion’ about opting out of school mask requirements,” the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reports.

Those lawsuits are now effectively null and void because of the new order.

Dr. Ladapo, who opposes mask and vaccine mandates, has likened the focus on getting Americans vaccinated to a religious obsession, and supports treatment of COVID-19 with drugs that are neither approved for use against the coronavirus nor have been proven to be effective – namely the livestock-dewormer Ivermectin and the malaria-drug hydroxychloroquine. He also appeared in the infamous viral video with a discredited doctor mocked as the “Demon Sperm” physician.

 

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‘Will Harm Every American’: Trump Blasted for Telling GOP It’s ‘Unpatriotic’ to Not Block Dems on Debt He Created

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The former President of the United States, still the leader of the GOP and supposed “kingmaker” to any Republican desperate for his endorsement, is doing his best to undermine the Democrats and President Joe Biden, and he’s being criticized for it.

In one of his many press releases that still do not admit he is a former president, Trump on Wednesday said it would be “foolish and unpatriotic” of Republicans to not use the debt ceiling as a tool against the Democrats’ agenda, as he urged what could be economic catastrophe for the United States, should it default on its credit obligations and the government shut down.

As many have noted, raising the debt ceiling is to pay for the trillions of dollars in spending Trump signed into law.

“Republicans have no choice but to do what they have to do,” he claimed, implying he wants to see them carry out a scorched-earth policy.

Trump also falsely claimed Democrats are “trying to inflict…horror” upon America’s future.

He then called Democrats’ voting rights legislation that will protect and expand the franchise, “the end of our democracy.”

If the debt ceiling is not raised, ultimately, the federal government would default on its bills. What does that mean?

“If the U.S. government cannot pay its bills, millions of Americans would be affected,” CBS News reports today. “Social Security payments would not go out; U.S. troops and federal civilian employees would not be paid. Veterans could see compensation or pension payments lapse. And millions of Americans on food assistance would see benefits stop.”

Democratic Rep. Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands is warning if the GOP follows Trump’s demands it “will harm every American.”

Trump’s press release:

 

 

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President Biden Had Two Vulgar Words to Say When He First Encountered One of Trump’s ‘Toys’ in the White House

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According to the book “Peril,” as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden first toured the White House after Donald Trump vacated it January 20, he encountered one room of the former president’s “toys,” and responded with a two-word vulgarity.

“Trump’s existence permeated the White House, even the residence,” Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write in the new book, per an excerpt cited by ABC News, HuffPost reports. “One night, Biden wandered into a room where a huge video screen covered the wall. To relax, Trump used to upload programs to virtually play the world’s most famous golf courses.”

The new President had just two words to say about the golf “toy.”

“What a fucking asshole,” President Biden responded.

 

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