Opinion | Science class: The ark, some dinosaurs and the ruler of a galactic confederacy

January 22, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

An Alabama lawmaker wants school teachers to incorporate the lessons of Scientology into public school science courses.

That’s right, Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Munford, wants teachers to mix crazy religious theories alongside scientific theories and then let kids decide which one to choose. And if those kids choose to answer quizzes by saying that life on this planet was, in some part, created when Xenu, tyrant ruler of the Galactic Confederacy, came to earth 75 million years ago and brought billions of people with him on Douglas DC-8 airliners, only to then use hydrogen bombs to blow up volcanoes, causing thetans to stick to living people, Hurst thinks such teachings should be given the same weight as decades of scientific research and progress.

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A Christmas of light, hope and acceptance

December 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For Christians around the world, Christmas is a special day set aside to remember, honor and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child Jesus. It is also the season when we remember children, friends, family and neighbors. It is a time of giving when at least, for a moment, we wish peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

And here in Alabama as around the country we are all perhaps a little better because many not born here join us in the Christmas celebration even though they are Hindu, Buddhist or other faiths. They embrace Christmas not because they love Christ but because they want to be good Americans. It’s sad that some have let fear overtake our nation’s history of embracing immigrants. It seems, at times, that open arms have become clenched fists.

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The biggest hypocrites on Earth

August 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Trump supporters are unhappy.

I’ve found that they’re generally an unhappy, grumpy bunch anyway, but in this particular instance they’re unhappy with me.

Apparently, my last column didn’t sit well with them after I helpfully explained to the 33 percent of American voters who approve of Trump’s first six months in the White House that the rest of us think less of them.

You should see my email inbox, Facebook and Twitter messages. They’re filled with correspondence that’s a weird mix of third-grade vocabulary interspersed with a fifth-stint super-max prisoner’s cussing.
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An Interview with Chris Countryman on his campaign for Governor

June 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gubernatorial candidate Chris Countryman (D) recently took time to answer a series of written questions from The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about his policy positions on a number of State issues.

APR: The State is considering borrowing $800 million to build new prisons. What is your stance on that?

Countryman: “I believe, at least at this point in time, that we need to avoid borrowing money at all costs. Then we need to focus on eliminating the excessive and wasteful spending in our government and apply those funds to specific projects. Once we have generated enough revenue we should look into renovation of our prisons, along with justice reform, and then go from there.”
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Alabama’s political candidates and their capacity to care for orphans

April 25, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

“Oh I say the measure of a man
Is not how tall you stand.”

4 Him, The Measure of a Man, 1995

Alabama has exciting days ahead of it.  Our next US Senator will likely be decided August 15, 2017.  Almost every other statewide elected official and every member of the Legislature will be up for election on November 6, 2018.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be inundated with announcements of men and women running for office, with their accompanying propaganda.  Alabama’s legendary Chief Justice Roy Moore is slated to announce whether he will pursue US Senate or Governor on Wednesday, April 26, at 1:30 on the Capitol Steps in Montgomery.
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State of the State: Prisons, Pre-K and random Olympic tales

February 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Did you know that in the 1960 Summer Olympics, an underdog Ethiopian runner named Abebe Bikila overcame the ridicule of his peers for running marathons barefoot to win the 1960 marathon and set a new world record?

Why am I telling you this? No idea.

But using Olympic stories as cheap entry points into a conversation about Alabama’s issues seems to be a thing, so let’s all lift our tattooed hands and remember Abebe as we go through Gov. Robert Bentley’s State of the State address from Tuesday.
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More Republican Events

June 24, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republicans are gearing up early for what at this point appears to be a busy campaign season.

On Wednesday, June 24, the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans will be holding a breakfast with Alabama Republican Party Chair Woman, Terry Lathan. 

Alabama Republican Party Sixth District Chairman Chris Brown said on Facebook, “Remember to join the GBYRs this Wednesday for a special Coffee & Conversation with Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan to discuss the plan to turn Jefferson County RED next November. ALL Jefferson County GOP candidates and grassroots activists should try to attend.”
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Carson to Speak in Alabama

June 19, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

ben carson doctorThe Presidential Primary Season is heating up in Alabama.  GOP Presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson will be in town for the Grid Iron Men’s Conference where he is one of the speakers.  Dr. Carson will be back on June 28, to speak at the Christianity in America Celebration at the Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

Dr. Carson issued a statement on Thursday following the slayings of the church members in South Carolina: “Last night evil walked the streets of Charleston. My heart aches for the families of the victims. I pray for the families left behind. I pray for the community scared and hurting. I also pray you and I can conquer hatred.  In my lifetime I have seen such great progress. Though racial based hate is still very much alive as last night so violently reminded us.”
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