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Wed Apr 19, 2017, 02:21 PM

Alabama Megachurch Close to Creating Its Own Police Force [View all]

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Universal Life Church Monastery
Read more at https://www.themonastery.org/blog/2017/04/alabama-megachurch-close-to-creating-its-own-police-force/#fWvIph7Wzg6TYUAd.99

In an unprecedented move, the Alabama state Senate has approved a bill that would allow a Birmingham megachurch to create its own police force. These “church cops” would have the same authority and power as regular police officers, and would be permitted to carry guns. The big difference: they would answer to church officials instead of the government.

The leaders of Briarwood Presbyterian Church say the security of their congregation is a top priority, and they’ve been lobbying to create a police force for a while now. Church officials argue that Briarwood “needs its own police officers to keep its school as well as its more than 4,000-person congregation safe.”

Some Alabamians were astonished to hear about Briarwood’s plans to blend the duties of Church and State. Since police departments are a government institution, the decision to create a church police force lands on shaky legal ground. Indeed, the Constitution indicates that church and state must remain entirely separate of one another.

The ACLU called the Alabama bill “plainly unconstitutional,” and insists that such legislation “unnecessarily carves out special programs for religious organizations that inextricably intertwine state authority and power with church operations.”

This country gets stranger all the time .............. Christian soldiers next


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