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It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! 2006
There are gods in Alabama: Jack Daniel’s, high school quarter-backs, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus. Joshilyn Jackson, Gods in Alabama
Briarwood Presbyterian Church, a megachurch located in the relatively wealthy Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, attracts a reported 8,000 people to its campus every day. In 2017, Briarwood officials lobbied and were successful in getting conservative politicians to propose a bill that would allow them to have their own police force. They argued that the police force would be modest, and that there would be no jail under Briarwood’s control, but that ‘officers would answer to the church and if you had a complaint, you’d have to complain it to the church.’ Keep in mind, the church already has its own private security force. No other church in Alabama signed on to the request.
The bill faded away until this year. On Wednesday, after it had passed through the state legislature, Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill that allows Briarwood Presbyterian to create its own police force to enforce the law at its church and school campuses. The bill allows the church to ‘appoint and employ one or more suitable persons to act as police officers to keep off intruders and prevent trespass upon and damage to the property … These persons shall be charged with all the duties and invested with all the powers of police officers, including the power of arrest for unlawful acts committed on the property.’ The law is set to come into effect this fall. DailyKos online article 21 June 2019 Walter Einenkel, ‘Alabama governor signs law allowing church to have its own police force’
Earlier this morning in Birmingham Alabama an indictment was unsealed charging Richard Schrushy, the former CEO of HealthSouth Corporation, with fraud, money laundering and other offences. Trial by Media s1e4: King Richard, prosecutor, Netflix 2020
… Has gone from CEO to religious talk show host with his wife by his side … ibid. news
It was just this mindset of we have to hit the numbers. ibid. insider
Months after the conclusion of the HealthSouth trial, Richard Scrushy was indicted for bribing the former government of Alabama, Don Spiegelman. ibid. caption
George Corley Wallace: Son of a dirt farmer, country lawyer, governor, presidential candidate, the spitting, scratching, cocky little demagogue who is today both a cripple and the most important politician in America outside Washington. John Pilger, The Most Powerful Politician in America, ATV 1974
At the height of the civil rights movement, President Kennedy sent Federal marshals to confront Governor Wallace’s steel-helmeted troopers and to forcibly integrate the University of Alabama. ibid.
George Wallace was shot at a rally in a shopping centre in Maryland during his presidential campaign in 1972. ibid.