Alabama Senate Passes Controversial Bill Allowing Church to Create Its Own Police Force

Apr 12, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

Earlier this year, we learned about an Alabama church that wanted permission from state legislators to operate their own police force. (So much for the power of prayer…)

Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Vestavia Hills made the request, which became the subject of House Bill 180 (sponsored by State Rep. Arnold Mooney) and Senate Bill 193 (sponsored by State Sen. J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner).

Yesterday, the Senate version of the bill passed by a 24-4 vote. The House, which was still debating its own version of the bill, will now consider this one.

The whole premise, though, raises so many questions.

Like why does a church need its own cops? They say it’s “a way to create a safer campus in a fallen world,” but there are a whole host of constitutional concerns.

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5 comments on “Alabama Senate Passes Controversial Bill Allowing Church to Create Its Own Police Force

  • @OP – Earlier this year, we learned about an Alabama church that wanted permission from state legislators to operate their own police force.

    Ah! The refusal to recognise the separation of church and state!

    Let’s just change the religious perspective a little!

    Earlier this year, we learned about an Alabama mosque that wanted permission from state legislators to operate their own police force.

    Do you think there might be a different reaction from those TRRRrroooo believers??



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  • So does this church police force have the rights to make it’s own laws? This is such perversion of the US constitution, that it HAS to self destruct. I mean a police force OUTSIDE the actual government police force? What privilege will be denied these entitled jerk offs? And, what HERO will stand up to them in their “I am better than everyone else” paradigm?

    The word is NO. and it works like this….. “Hey, can I establish my own governmental system that runs outside the US system but resides within the US?”… NO, you cannot. There, see how easy?



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