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Church Can Start Its Own Police Force, Alabama Senate Says

A large church in Alabama is one step closer to creating its own police force, a move that seems to be without precedent in the U.S. The state's Senate has approved legislation that would give church police officers the same powers other law enforcement officers have in Alabama. [...]

Both chambers' legislation specifically names Briarwood Presbyterian Church, a Birmingham megachurch that "says it needs its own police officers to keep its school as well as its more than 4,000 person congregation safe," Alabama Public Radio reports. [...]

Earlier this month, Alabama's House adopted the Alabama Church Protection Act, which would help religious groups form armed security patrols. It authorizes "any church or place of worship to establish a security program by which designated members are authorized to carry firearms for the protection of the congregation of the church or place of worship." The act also provides "limited immunity for members of such a program when they're acting within their duties.

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17 Responses:

  1. Mariachi says:

    the bill's main sponsor, state Sen. Jabo Waggoner, is helping the church deal with security needs that aren't met by the private security it's already using.

    Needs such as...? Are the current security guards unarmed or something?

  2. Shawn says:

    Snow Crash here we come.

  3. Presumably like many ridiculous bills passed by the Alabama legislature, this will be quickly ruled unconstitutional by the courts and left derelict on the side of the road.

    But...

    If it somehow survives scrutiny at the state level, I cannot wait for the mad geniuses at the Church of Satan to get their hands on this one.

  4. MrEricSir says:

    Next up: BART decides to legitimize their "police" force by forming a religion.

  5. MattyJ says:

    So I'm guessing when a local mosque takes up arms these southerners will be equally supportive...?

    I'm making the presumption that there's at least one mosque Alabama.

  6. Anon says:

    It is well known that their school has a drug problem, and they want their own police force to be able to cover it up and keep it out of the press. That's the basic reasons for the bill.

  7. thielges says:

    No doubt the proponents of bill point at the Charleston church shooting as justification. Because there's nothing like turning a recent tragedy into a reason to bring more lethal weapons into public life.

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