What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Plenty.  Last month, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, signed a bill into law giving a specific church the right to have their very own police force.  The church is Briarwood Presbyterian Church, one that has a history of racism and bigotry.  The law, in summary …

Relating to law enforcement; to amend Section 16-22-1, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize the president or chief executive officer of Madison Academy and Briarwood Presbyterian Church and its integrated auxiliary Briarwood Christian School to appoint and employ one or more suitable persons to act as police officers to protect the property of the school or academy.

Did these people ever hear of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution?  I know it’s Alabama, and they are just nuts enough to like a doofus like Roy Moore, but still … last I looked, Alabama was still one of the 50 states comprising the United States.  Thus, they fall under the law as set forth by the Constitution and as upheld by the Courts.

The Establishment Clause begins quite simply …

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion …

What … WHAT is so hard to understand about that?  That the Alabama State Legislature AND the Governor of the State are all so uneducated about the law is simply astounding!

The law is scheduled to go into effect in the fall, but I’m thinking that if there are any judges in Alabama with more sense than the legislature has, it will never see the light of day.  What could possibly go wrong with racist white people toting guns and given a badge, told to protect those good white Christians, eh?  Remember George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin?  Need I say more?

61 thoughts on “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  1. Oooh religious militas that always works well.
    No, no guys.
    ‘Onwards Christian Soldiers’ relates to affirmations of faith not to tool up, lock and load…..oh never mind, might as well try and explain why you should not take an English translation of The Old Testament books as the literal definitive version.

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  2. Which begs the question… why would a church ever need it’s own police force??? Well in a way we are reverting back to the dark ages, back then the Vatican had it’s own military to lead crusades, ie loot and pillage neighboring states. Oh well, more sighs…..

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  3. Who is going to run their court system, church elders? That would turn into a lynch mob. Guilty before you could prove yourself innocent. Hung on the cross, and then burn the cross. Biblical law tenderized with racist vitriol (Thanks, Jill.) What could be a better combination? They gotta be crazy!

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    • It is my sincere hope that the courts laugh this law off the continent! I don’t even want to think about what’s next … it is becoming a scary place here. Sigh. They are crazy … they think their bigoted beliefs should be shared by everyone … by force if necessary. If the law is allowed to take effect, what to you bet there will be a killing … of a black man … by the end of the year?

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  4. I don’t see how they can legally do this. But then no one in Federal courts stand up to them and the state must be brimming with trump racists supporters. Why would any normal person want to go to Alabama anyway?

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