Opinion | Protect the sanctity of marriage from government intrusion

February 7, 2018

By State Sen. Greg Albritton

Like most Alabamians, I believe that God established the institution of marriage for the benefit of mankind. Indeed, His purpose was to begin the human family within His bonds of marriage, as a holy union.

Then government stole marriage, for its own purposes.

A classic example is Henry VIII, who established his own church in order to achieve the destruction of his marriage. Henry is not the only example of government overreach into marriage. Throughout history, the government has used marriage as a tool to effect its ends, to protect government power, to maintain control of property and estates, and even to keep a “pure” race. In 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage at the federal level with the Obergefell v. Hodges decision.

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House committee approves bill to regulate exempt religious day cares

January 31, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A bill that would revoke the exemption status of non-profit religious day cares and bring them under the oversight of Department of Human Resources health and safety regulations passed out of committee Tuesday.

The move marks the legislation’s first approval in the sometimes lengthy process. It’ll need to be approved by the House, a Senate committee and the full Senate before making its way to the governor’s desk.

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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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For Moore’s core supporters, this election goes much deeper than policy or politics

December 12, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

For Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s core group of voters, this special election is about much more than politics or policy. At its core, Tuesday’s vote isn’t about taxes and it’s not about Steve Bannon, Donald Trump or even Democrat Doug Jones.

When Moore’s staunchest supporters walk into a polling place Tuesday, first and foremost on their mind will be a world that appears to be fundamentally shifting away from them — a political and social reality that not only feels uncomfortable but even hostile.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Judge Roy Moore

October 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that he has endorsed Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race. Falwell said that  Moore is a “proven leader” who will support President Trump’s conservative agenda.

Jerry Falwell Jr. is the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the son of Jerry Falwell Sr. – deceased – a pastor who headed the group, the Moral Majority, that allied with Ronald W. Reagan in the 1980s. The senior Falwell founded Liberty University. Falwell called the Alabama Senate election a “pivotal moment” for President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” agenda.

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Number of payday lenders down, demand still high

August 28, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent article in The Economist found that nationally, the number of payday lenders is on the decline, which mirrors Alabama, where payday lending outlets have dropped significantly since the adoption of a statewide database designed to track loans and curtail abuses.

What doesn’t seem to have ebbed, is the need for the type of short-term loans provided by payday lenders.

In the last Legislative Session, Republican lawmakers aligned with left-leaning advocacy groups, but failed to cap small loan interest rates at 36 percent.

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“Silent Cal” Said A Lot

October 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Ninety years ago, President Calvin Coolidge addressed many of the problems we face today, from widespread fear and intolerance to the threats against free speech, freedom of the press and equal protection under the law.

For a man whose nickname was “Silent Cal,” he wrote volumes about our great Nation and how best to live in it with dignity, honor and service.

Coolidge, an intellectual Republican leader, was a champion of smaller government and laissez-faire economics. He foresaw the consequences of radical disunion and the intolerance that so easily leaves countries in tatters.
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House Passes Conscience Protection Act

July 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 13, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) announced that the US House of Representatives have passed Conscience Protection Act, Senate Bill 304.

Congressman Byrne said in a statement on social media, “GOOD NEWS: The House today passed the Conscience Protection Act. This bill will would prohibit the federal government, or any state or local government who receive federal funds, from penalizing or retaliating against a health care provider on the basis that the provider does not participate in abortion. This is a huge victory for the pro-life movement and religious freedom!”
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Health Care Rights of Conscience Act Passes House

January 22, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, January 21 the Alabama House of Representatives voted to approve the Health Care Rights of Conscience Act, sponsored by State Rep Becky Nordgren (R) from Gadsden.  According to a statement by the Alabama House Republican Caucus this bill is designed to ensure that medical professionals are not forced to participate in procedures that violate their religious views or their moral conscience.
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