Rev Thomas Littleton
Facebook has made itself the unofficial censor of free speech and reasonable concerns over the Pandemic , the 2020 Election and pretty much any subject they now please .So why is the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty (ERLC) WILLING to receive grant funding from Facebook to develop “tech ethics” applications for the future? Given that ERLC and its former head of the ERLC worked directly with Soro’s and Pierre Omidyar funded National Immigration Forum and with Obama Foundations Michael Wear in the Paul Singer backed & Campaign -the Facebook funding should not shock informed Baptist. Besides – it is not the first time Russell Moore /ERLC have partnered with Facebook. This time the end goal is to set yet another bar for how Christians engage the issues of our time in the technical (including social media) realm. So why is the Baptist ERLC working for a primary collaborator in controlling information and even discussion? Just read on and see.
ERLC unveils new technology, pro-life initiatives
“NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission plans cutting-edge work the next 18 months on technology and pro-life issues, trustees of the Southern Baptist entity were told at their annual meeting.”
“Thacker unveiled to the trustees a new research project he is leading – the Digital Public Square. Launched after the trustees’ vote of affirmation, the project is designed to produce resources to assist churches and leaders to “navigate this digital age with wisdom and to think through some of the most complex and crucial ethics challenges to our faith with wisdom and insight,” he said in his report.”
“The project, Thacker said, will help answer such questions as:
- What is the proper role of government in digital governance?
- How do I disciple other people if they’re primarily being shaped by technology in their use and habits?
- How do we champion free speech and religious freedom in an increasingly polarized society?
“The resources to be provided during the next 18 months consist of four major elements, he said: (1) A “state of digital governance report” that will present a portrait of current and future technological issues; (2) an evangelical Christian statement of principles on “content moderation and digital governance;” (3) a church resource kit scheduled to be released in the summer of 2022; and (4) two books to be published next year – “Following Jesus in the Digital Age” and “The Digital Public Square: Ethics and Religion in a Technological Society.” Thacker is writing the former for Broadman & Holman Publishing and editing the latter for B&H Academic.”
“Given the current state of debate over the proper role of free expression and religious freedom and digital governance,” the ERLC believes this is an important area in which to invest, Thacker told the trustees. It will produce “substantive resources” and “seek to equip the church in the digital age and allow us to advocate for these principles in this important arena,” he said.”
SO WHO IS FUNDING THIS “IMPORTANT “WORK? FACEBOOK WHO HAS MADE ITSELF PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE TO FREE SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
According to the Baptist Press article a Grant from Facebook ,along with Cooperative Programming funds are helping fund ERLC in this unethical project. Unethical because the average Baptist would never imagine it’s own Ethics and Religious Liberty entity would be involved in such projects after watching their voices arbitrarily censored and silenced on their own social media pages through out 2020/2021 global events.
ERLC /BAPTIST PRESS SEEM BOTH CLUELESS AND SHAMELESS.
“The project is funded by the Cooperative Program, the SBC’s unified giving plan, but Facebook Technologies LLC also provided a research grant after the effort was under way. Thacker provided assurances to the trustees and on the project’s website – www.erlc.com/digital – regarding the ERLC’s independence in accepting the grant.”
“This research grant was provided on an unrestricted basis, meaning the grant monies will be used at [the] sole discretion of the ERLC leadership team and board of trustees without any direct or indirect oversight by Facebook in research efforts nor any influence on project outcomes or resources produced,” according to the answer to one of the Frequently Asked Questions on the website. “All materials produced in this research project will be copyrighted to the ERLC and/or the individuals contributing.”
“Facebook and other technology companies have approached the ERLC for resources because “there is a dearth of literature in this area,” Thacker said to the trustees. “There’s been very little if any research done into the nature of religious freedom and religious expression in the digital age.”
THE FOX RUSSELL MOORE’S PUPS ARE STILL RUNNING ERLC
Most of the ERLC staff are still the hires of now disgraced former head of the ERLC Russell Moore . Many are his former interns at SBTS. Jason Thacker joined ERLC under Moore and is leading out in the Facebook funded tech ethics work. What more insult can Baptist leaders add to their base after Thousands complained about Moore for 8 years before he was finally terminated? Now his ideological offspring and siblings continue to misrepresent regular Baptist people.
WHO IS BRENT LEATHERWOOD?
“Brent Leatherwood, named acting president at the board meeting, told trustees Thacker “is quickly cementing his reputation as one of the leading voices, if not the leading voice, in evangelicalism as it relates to technology ethics, and we believe this project is a natural place to house all of this research, to produce resources that will equip the church and to again just allow him to have a platform to speak into these issues.”
Besides being the “Acting President ” Brent Leatherwood was hired by Russell Moore when he and subversive pals at the Tennessee GOP had been “run off” for subverting conservative candidates in TN political battles.
In short -Moore is gone – but his brood are still running the ERLC.
MOORE /ERLC WORKED IN RECENT MONTHS WITH FACEBOOK TO PUSH VAX AND COMMUNITY BUILDING
Evangelical leaders explain why skeptical evangelicals should get vaccinated
“Evangelical Christians can overcome their suspicion of COVID-19 vaccines through a renewed focus on missions and a form of patriotism that engenders unity instead of division, Russell Moore said during a recent webinar hosted by the Facebook for Faith learning group.”
“I spend a lot of time telling Christians, don’t make your country your idol. Put the kingdom of God first. (Being vaccinated) is an opportunity for good, genuine, God-approved patriotism,” said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.”
“He and fellow panelists Emily Smith, a Baylor University epidemiologist, and Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, sought to address the vaccine skepticism of white evangelicals.”
MOORE WAS HAPPY TRIANGULATE WITH NAE ADN FACEBOOK TO PUSH GLOBALIST NARRATIVE ON THE CHURCH.
“A March 2021 poll by the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reported that 40% of white evangelicals said they refuse to be vaccinated, compared to 25% of the overall population who hold the same view. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center that month found the trend to be higher, with 45% of white evangelicals declaring they will not get a vaccine.”
“Distrust predates the vaccine“
“Among white evangelicals, the aversion to vaccination is more about deeper cultural and political fissures than it is about the vaccines themselves, Moore said when asked what fuels conservative Christian suspicion about COVID-19 vaccination.”
“Arguments and disagreements about the vaccines aren’t fueling the conflict. Pre-existing conflict is often fueling the arguments over vaccines and vaccination,” he said. “And in many religious contexts, previously open wounds and points of difference are exacerbated by all the stress that the entire world has been through over the last year.”
The SBC Executive Committee canned Russell Moore in May 2021 and sent him packing with no fanfare just BEFORE its annual meeting in June 2021. Sadly the SBC is still allowing his former interns and staff hires to run things and run ERLC into the rocky shores of globalist partnerships while it “runs off” the rest of the SBC base. The end game of this “inside baseball on ethics of technology” is not MORE freedom of religion or freedom of speech for Christians. It is more control and censorship powers with the future narrative to be written by one of Christians own ethics organizations and applied by social media /tech giants.
Unless Baptist leadership and ERLC Trustees can wake up and smell the coffee ,or in this case the stench, then little change in the trajectory of the Ethics arm of the nations largest protestant denomination can be expected. Already the SBC status is quickly fading based on the continued slide into compromised funding and the ever rising number of SBC refugees.
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“The End of Jehoshaphat’s Reign”
35 After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly. 36 And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber. 37 But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.