Quote for the Day…
Strong people stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others. – Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Senate Bill 319
- Maggie Haberman
- Southern Baptist Convention
SENATE BILL 319:
To be honest, I’ve lost count on how many lawsuits have been filed about bills passed and signed into law by the Republican-controlled Montana legislature and governor.
The Montana Free Press (MTFP) is reporting that during the final days of the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers on a free conference committee broadened the scope of a bill (SB 319) initially geared toward revising campaign finance laws. MTFP reported that SB 319 passed both chambers on April 28 and was signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte May 12. The end of the session was April 29.
I doubt many people knew what was in the final bill and that is a problem.
This should be an interesting case. I think those challenging it in court will win.
Read the outstanding report about this lawsuit from the MTFP HERE.
Maggie Haberman is a Washington correspondent for NY Times. She tweeted the following on Tuesday that caught my attention:
Trump has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August (no that isn’t how it works but simply sharing the information).
It’s not being reinstated to Twitter or Facebook. Trump is reportedly telling people he will be reinstated as President in August.
The time set aside for Congress to go on their August recess (vacation) might be a little more interesting this year.
Read Haberman’s tweet HERE.
Read a report from Forbes HERE.
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION:
I once attended and belonged to a Southern Baptist Church, so I found it interesting when I read in the Washington Post about Pastor Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church recently ordaining three women as staff pastors.
The Saddleback Church has an attendance of around 28,000 on the weekends for its church services. They seem to be doing something right. The church is part of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Having women ordained as Pastors goes against the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) 2000 doctrinal statement that states:
While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
I don’t believe what the SBC believes about women. Women are just as qualified as men to be Pastors and other leaders in any church.
With the SBC’s problem with women coupled with their strong ties to Donald Trump, there may be a train wreck ahead for the Southern Baptists – maybe a day of reckoning.
Read the Washington Post story HERE.