Target: J.T. Waggoner, Alabama Senate Majority Leader
Goal: Vote against allowing an Alabama church to form its own police force.
A megachurch in Alabama is gunning to create its own police force, and a bill to legalize this unconstitutional move is being sent to a vote in the state Senate. This would be a blatant, and dangerous, violation of the separation of church and state.
According to one of its administrators, Briarwood Presbyterian Church needs its own police force for protection following incidents like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary–because it is also a school, and Alabama law “provides for the employment of one or more persons to act as police officers at colleges and other private educational institutions.” Others, like the Acting Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, are concerned that this will “unnecessarily carve out special programs for religious organizations and inextricably intertwine state authority and power with church operations.” This bill could set a dangerous precedent and possibly allow more unnecessary guns in American schools. Sign below to demand that the bill be rejected.
Dear Senator Waggoner,
Allowing a church to form its own police force is a dangerous misuse of law enforcement as well as an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state. Briarwood Presbyterian Church already receives sufficient protection from two counties’ sheriff’s deputies and the Vestavia Hills Police Department.
As the ACLU pointed out, giving state police powers to a church police force contradicts the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Our democracy is preserved by clauses like this, and to violate them threatens that democracy as well as the safety of the students at the church, which is not a place for guns. I urge you to vote no on this bill.
[Your Name Here]
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