House passes bill to allow family therapists to diagnose mental illness

February 7, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 166 allowing trained marriage and family therapists to diagnose mental illnesses. HB166 was sponsored by state Representative Randy Davis, R-Daphne.

Rep. Davis said that the bill allows marriage therapists to diagnose and treat mental illness. It does not allow them to prescribe drugs. “38 states already have this. Alabama is the worst state in the country for access to mental health treatment. Research shows that this Marriage and Family therapists are among the most effective methods of treating and diagnosing schizophrenia, adult alcoholism, and other conditions.”

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Moore says federal ruling on transgender soldiers in the military is “absolutely ridiculous”

November 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore called a ruling by a federal judge blocking President Donald Trump’s August executive order that banned transgender people from serving in the military “absolutely ridiculous.”

“The decision of a federal judge in the District of Columbia enjoining President Trump’s executive order on transgenderism in the military is absolutely ridiculous and is a perfect example of the outlandish doctrine of judicial supremacy whereby judges exalt themselves over the Constitution they are sworn to uphold,” former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Moore said. “As recently as 2013, the American Psychiatric Association considered transgenderism to be a mental disorder. And only in 2016 did the Obama administration attempt to impose that delusion upon our fighting forces. To say that President Trump cannot prohibit transgenderism in the military is a clear example of judicial activism. Even the United States Supreme Court has never declared transgenderism to be a right under the Constitution.”

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Byrne Says that Bipartisan Mental Health Bill is a Major Accomplishment

July 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 6, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said that HR2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which passed the House on Wednesday marks the first reforms of our mental health programs in decades. Congressman Byrne is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

Congressman Byrne said: “Instead of pushing new gun laws, I have always said the focus should be on the root causes of mass violence, like our broken mental health system. This bill does just that in a truly bipartisan way that unites Republicans and Democrats instead of driving us further apart.”
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Deliver Us from Evil

January 11, 2016

By Graham L. Champion

During our lives, most every one of us has at some time or another uttered the words “deliver us from evil”. It may have been as part of the Lord’s Prayer or after a particularly heinous act that we have witnessed or been informed about by the press or it might simply be the result of some action in our life that was particularly disturbing. Evil comes in many different forms from violence, to harassment to intimidation to mention but just a few.
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