“The Church hasn’t been targeted by threats of violence”

…but that’s not going to stop them from starting their very own morality police:

A church in Alabama is well on its way to having its own police force. On Tuesday, Alabama state senators voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that would allow Briarwood Presbyterian in suburban Birmingham to have its own cops. Now the proposed legislation heads to the desk of Governor Kay Ivey, who was sworn in days ago after Robert Brentley resigned in disgrace over a sex scandal.

Alabama SB 193 is sponsored by Republican Majority Leader J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner, who has represented the district for nearly 30 years, making him one of the longest-serving and most powerful senators in the state legislature. The bill would endow the church with the power to “appoint and employ one or more persons to act as police officers,” and would give members of the church police department “all of the powers of law enforcement officers in this state.”

And my “favourite” part–they’re not even responding to any measurable, actual threats:

Briarwood administrators have admitted that the megachurch hasn’t been targeted by threats or violence, such as that endured by mosques around the country.

Man, how many white people need to worry about “Sharia” with churches like these?

Perhaps the cherry on top–if the queer community organized in its own defense to account for police incompetence, we’d be called vigilantes. It’s not like minorities have had to do that before.



  1. Pierce R. Butler says

    There’s gotta be an untold story here.

    What pastor spends >$20/yr on some flatfoot when it could go to, say, a personal account?

  2. johnson catman says

    Pierce R. Butler @1:
    I don’t think they will get very competent officers for $20/year, but perhaps the pastor expects the officer to donate that back to the church out of the goodness of his heart. (PFFFFFFFT!)

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

    johnson catman @ # 2 – Ah, good catch: somehow I neglected to type a “K” between the “0” and the “/”.

    More likely the pastor’s nephew/brother-in-law/what-have-you likes to play cop but doesn’t have what it takes to become a real one.