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Texas pastor Bart Barber elected Southern Baptist president

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ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Bart Barber is a staunch Southern Baptist conservative who would welcome bans on abortion, opposes critical race theory and believes only men should serve as pastors.

Yet Barber, elected Tuesday as the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, says he has a track record of dialogue with those who disagree on those and other issues. He has called for an “army of peacemakers” amid bitter political battles in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

He defeated three other candidates and ultimately prevailed in a run-off vote at the SBC’s national meeting in Anaheim. His closest rival, Tom Ascol, had complained of too much “wokeness” in the denomination and sought to move it further to the right.

In the runoff, Barber won about 61% of the delegates’ votes, to 39% for Ascol.

Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church of Farmersville, Texas, says theology was at the heart of epic Southern Baptist battles of the late 20th century, in which conservatives gained control and purged moderate members from leadership and teaching positions. But today “secular politics are setting both the tone and the subject matter of many of our most hotly debated issues,” creating a “toxic” environment, he said on his church website.

Barber also has expressed dismay at the mean-spirited behaviors attributed to some SBC officials in a recent investigative report that details how the denomination stonewalled sex abuse victims.

“I’m praying that God will give me the wisdom to know what to do,” he said in a recent broadcast interview. “We’re sailing into uncharted waters.”

He has said that the scathing 288-page investigative report from Guidepost Solutions with disturbing details about how the church mishandled sex abuse claims and mistreated victims is only the beginning of a long and arduous journey.

“The work’s not done,” he added. “We’ve gotten the report, but I think everybody in the survivor community that I’ve heard from has said reports are one thing, but we’ll see if this family of churches has the courage and resolve to take action.”

He has agreed with the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force’s proposal, approved Tuesday at the annual meeting, to hire a national staffer to receive reports of abuse allegations and determine which church or entity within the denomination should respond to them.

Barber, 52, is pastor of a predominantly white church in rural Texas where about 320 attend each week, which is notable because historically many SBC presidents have been pastors of large churches. He was appointed by SBC President Ed Litton to serve as chairman of the 2022 SBC Committee on Resolutions.

Barber served as SBC first vice president from 2013 to 2014 and as a trustee over the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas from 2009 to 2019. During his tenure with the school, Paige Patterson, an architect of the SBC conservative takeover, was removed as seminary president for his response to rape allegations from students. Barber also co-developed legislation protecting churches and other charities from civil liability for reporting alleged sexual predators, which became Texas law in 2019.

Barber has talked about moving the denomination away from polarization and toward unification.

“I believe that sometimes our rhetoric has become so inflamed and the tactics of some among us have become so worldly and threatening that the peacemakers are intimidated into silence,” he said on his website. “I want to embolden our army of peacemakers to step forward and bring us back together.”

While he has rejected critical race theory, Barber has said he would like to see the denomination be inclusive and accepting of all Southern Baptist congregations. He has said few in the SBC embrace the theory and that it should not be the major controversy that some have made it to be.

Barber opposes abortion and has welcomed the expected reversal of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which could end the nationwide right to legal abortion. Barber has also said he believes “the best legal approach is to prosecute abortion providers for abortions.”

Barber says he is “not a Calvinist” — a theological system emphasizing the complete power of God over human free will. It has been controversial in Southern Baptist circles for decades. While many prominent Southern Baptists promote Calvinism, Barber says he can’t accept one of its tenets — that God only predestines some to be saved. But he said Southern Baptists can work together despite these differences.

He interprets the denomination’s statement of belief, the Baptist Faith and Message, as prohibiting women from any role as pastor, not just as senior pastor of a church. He said this stance is not “inherently boorish” or “misogynistic” and that he tries to listen to supporters of equal gender roles. In an era when many churches have multiple ministers on staff, Southern Baptists have been debating how to apply their official stance that “the office of pastor is limited to men.”

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Smith reported from Pittsburgh.

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Ukraine“s need for more weapons major focus as defense ministers meet

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Ukrainian servicemen ride American 155 mm turreted self-propelled howitzers M109, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Donetsk region, Ukraine June 13, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo

Dozens of defense ministers from NATO and other parts of the world are expected to discuss weapon deliveries to Ukraine on Wednesday in Brussels, U.S. officials said, as Kyiv calls for a significant increase in arms to help hold off Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.

The battle for Sievierodonetsk – a city of barely more than 100,000 people before the war – is now the biggest fight in Ukraine as the conflict has shifted into a punishing war of attrition.

Ukraine needs 1,000 howitzers, 500 tanks and 1,000 drones among other heavy weapons, presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Monday. Western countries have promised NATO-standard weapons – including advanced U.S. rockets. But deploying them is taking time, and Ukraine will require consistent Western support to transition to new supplies and systems as stocks dwindle of their Soviet-era weapons and munitions.

The meeting on Wednesday on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministerial is being led by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the third time the group of nearly 50 countries are meeting to discuss and coordinate assistance to Ukraine. The previous in-person meeting was at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in April.

“Russia has not given up on the fight, despite its pretty anemic progress… What we have is this grinding, slow, incremental Russian operation,” a senior U.S. defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said.

“So the question is what do the Ukrainians need to continue the success they’ve already seen in slowing down and thwarting that Russian objective and that’ll be a major focus for the defense ministers,” the official said.

U.S. officials expect announcements on additional weapons to Ukrainian forces in the coming days.

The United States has committed about $4.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion, including artillery systems like the howitzers and longer-range weapons like the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

Attending the meeting in Brussels is U.S. State Department’s assistant secretary for political-military affairs, Jessica Lewis, who gives policy direction for international security, defense trade and security assistance. Lewis told Reuters in an interview on Friday that allies could ask for many defense articles to help backfill arms sent to Ukraine.

“I expect we’ll see the whole range here. So not just air defense, but I think people will be looking at, you know, if they provided tanks, that’s something they could be looking for,” Lewis said

That could include tanks made by General Dynamics Corp (GD.N) or air defense systems from companies like Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) or Raytheon Technologies (RTX.N).

While the United States is still consulting with allies, many are trying to move away from Soviet-era equipment to NATO-standard equipment, Lewis said.

“Because of the war in Ukraine, countries understand their defense needs differently, particularly, obviously, if they are close to Ukraine,” Lewis said adding, “I think people feel more worried because of Russia’s willingness to invade Ukraine.”

Russia launched what it calls a “special operation” in Ukraine in February, saying it was needed to rid the country of dangerous nationalists and degrade Ukraine’s military capabilities – aims the West denounced as a baseless pretext.

The Biden administration has said that it has received assurances from Kyiv that those longer-range weapons will not be used to attack Russian territory, fearing an escalation of the conflict.

Kyiv has said it is losing 100 to 200 soldiers each day, with hundreds more wounded. In an overnight address, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described the battle for the eastern Donbas region – partly occupied by Moscow proxies since 2014 – as one of the most brutal in European history.


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Rice loses re-election to Trump-backed challenger in South Carolina primary

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Republican U.S. Representative Tom Rice, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, lost his re-election bid in the South Carolina primary on Tuesday to Trump-backed challenger Russell Fry.

A prime target in Trump’s midterm revenge campaign against perceived political enemies, Rice lost the Republican nomination to Fry 51% to 24.6%, with 99% of the vote counted, according to Edison Research. Fry, a state legislator, is likely to win the November general election in the strongly Republican district.

Another Republican targeted by Trump, Representative Nancy Mace, led Trump-endorsed challenger Katie Arrington 53.2% to 45% with 76% of the vote counted, Edison Research said.

Rice, a five-term incumbent, and Mace, a freshman, each ran afoul of Trump after his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, while Congress worked to certify the 2020 presidential election. The riot is now the subject of a bipartisan congressional investigation that focused this week on Trump’s false claims of a stolen 2020 election. read more

Rice was one of 10 congressional Republicans to vote for Trump’s impeachment. Mace drew Trump’s ire by refusing to back Republican efforts to challenge the 2020 presidential election results.

Trump, who turned 76 on Tuesday, had asked supporters to give him two birthday presents by defeating Rice and Mace.

The results will be seen as a measure of Trump’s continued influence over the Republican Party as he hints at another run for the White House in 2024. His endorsees so far have had mixed success in battleground states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina. read more

Voters also cast ballots on Tuesday in Nevada, Maine and North Dakota to choose party nominees to compete in the November general elections for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

With Democratic President Joe Biden slumping in the polls and soaring inflation souring voters’ moods, Republicans are expected to win control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate. That would bring Biden’s legislative agenda to a halt and give Republicans the power to launch investigations that could be politically damaging.

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll completed on Tuesday showed Biden’s public approval rating at 39%, in its third straight weekly decline, approaching the lowest level of his presidency. Fifty-six percent of Americans disapprove of Biden’s job performance. read more

In Nevada, Trump-endorsed Adam Laxalt leads a crowded field of Republican primary contenders seeking the party’s nomination for a crucial U.S. Senate race. Polls closed but no results were yet available.

Republicans are looking to pick up the seat held by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the 2022 midterm campaign. read more

Laxalt, a former state attorney general, holds a 15-point advantage over his nearest rival, political newcomer Sam Brown, according to a May poll by the Nevada Independent. Laxalt is the son of former New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici and the grandson of former Nevada governor and U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt.

Republican Jim Marchant, who falsely claims the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, is vying for a chance to become Nevada’s top election official.

Among 2020 election deniers running for elections posts across the country, Marchant has distinguished himself by claiming that elections have been rigged for decades and by arguing that electronic voting machines should be replaced by paper ballots. He blamed his own 2020 U.S. House loss to Democratic Representative Steven Horsford on election fraud.

Marchant faces six other Republican candidates in the secretary of state contest and has received endorsements from high-profile conservatives, including former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and pro-Trump businessman Mike Lindell.

Republicans also will select nominees to run against three vulnerable House Democrats from Nevada – Horsford, Dina Titus and Susie Lee.

Titus, who entered Congress in 2009, faces a challenge for her party nomination from progressive Democrat Amy Vilela, who is endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders.

The Republican field in Titus’ district includes former Nevada Trump campaign aide Carolina Serrano, retired Army Colonel Mark Robertson and pro-Israel activist David Brog. Brog is endorsed by Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

In Maine, Paul LePage, whose turbulent eight years as the state’s governor foreshadowed Trump’s rise, ran unopposed for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Governor Janet Mills in November.

LePage, who once described himself as “Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular,” was widely criticized as governor for his inflammatory remarks on a host of topics from immigration, the environment and LGBTQ issues to abortion and voting rights. He left office with an approval rating below 40%.

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Republican congressional candidate Russell Fry, speaks at a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump at Florence Regional Airport in Florence, South Carolina, U.S. March 12, 2022. REUTERS/Randall Hill

U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) addresses reporters during a press conference to unveil the Joseph H. Rainey Room, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., February 3, 2022. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention in Houston, Texas, U.S. May 27, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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A Cuban man charged in a $4.2 million Medicare fraud scheme is being held as a flight risk after officials say he tried to flee the U.S. on a Jet Ski. apne.ws/lCVAnyN

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U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 insurrection, has been ousted from Congress in his South Carolina GOP primary. Rice was defeated by state Rep. Russell Fry, who was backed by Trump. apne.ws/pbTpJmk

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U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 insurrection, has been ousted from Congress in his South Carolina GOP primary. Rice was defeated by state Rep. Russell Fry, who was backed by Trump. apne.ws/pbTpJmk

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The Associated Press retweeted: BREAKING: Russell Fry wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, beating incumbent Tom Rice. #APRaceCall at 11:01 p.m. EDT. apnews.com/hub/2022-midte…

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The Federal Reserve, grappling with inflation, is expected Wednesday to announce its largest interest rate hike since 1994 — three-quarters of a percentage point. More large rate hikes are likely through the end of the year. apne.ws/Ad3MHuG

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