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posted by martyb on Thursday April 13 2017, @01:03AM   Printer-friendly
from the it-is-not-the-law...-yet dept.

Alabama lawmakers have voted 24-4 to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to establish a police department. The church has over 4,000 members and is also home to a K-12 school and a theological seminary with 2,000 students and teachers:

"After the shooting at Sandy Hook and in the wake of similar assaults at churches and schools, Briarwood recognized the need to provide qualified first responders to coordinate with local law enforcement," church administrator Matt Moore said in a statement, referring to the mass murder of 20 first graders and six teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut by a deranged man with an AR-15 style rifle just before Christmas 2012. "The sole purpose of this proposed legislation is to provide a safe environment for the church, its members, students and guests." The church would pay the bill for its officers.

[...] "It's our view this would plainly be unconstitutional," Randall Marshall, the ACLU's Acting Executive Director, told NBC News. In a memo to the legislature, Marshall said they believe the bills "violate the First Amendment or the U.S. Constitution and, if enacted, would not survive a legal challenge." "Vesting state police powers in a church police force violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment," his memo states. "These bills unnecessarily carve out special programs for religious organizations and inextricably intertwine state authority and power with church operations."

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  • (Score: 1, Redundant) by Hairyfeet on Thursday April 13 2017, @06:20PM (2 children)

    by Hairyfeet (75) <reversethis-{moc ... {8691tsaebssab}> on Thursday April 13 2017, @06:20PM (#493534) Journal

    When was the last time you saw a Baptist church stoning rape victims? Or pushing gays off of roofs?

    Again I give NOT TWO SHITS to what ANY of them believe, I care about what they DO and the evidence is so clear only Ray Charles (or a regressive) couldn't see what is plainly shoved in your face, the other religions grew the fuck up and accepted others are allowed to not believe their bullshit, Islam didn't.

    ACs are never seen so don't bother. Always ready to show SJWs for the racists they are.
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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday April 13 2017, @06:44PM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday April 13 2017, @06:44PM (#493549) Journal

    I point you to, as others have, the Lord's Resistance Army. Christianity did not "grow the fuck up," its God died after a 300-year-long binge on Enlightenment thinking and the only reason it's not still in full Inquisition mode is foce of secular law. And how long THAT'S gonna last is anyone's guess, given that the John Birch society and its ilk appear to have pulled off a 50+-year-in-the-making coup.

    You're fucking naive, you know that? No one your age ought to be this ill-informed.

    I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Thursday April 13 2017, @09:05PM

    by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Thursday April 13 2017, @09:05PM (#493624) Journal
    The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.