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ALGOP executive committee praises Legislature for promoting Judeo-Christian values

Approximately 400 members of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee met in Auburn Saturday for their bi-annual meeting. The state executive committee voted for a number of resolutions, including one praising the Alabama State Legislature for passing bills that promote Judeo-Christian values.

Executive Committee member James Henderson said that the legislature should be commended for passing and the governor for signing three bills: a bill allowing schools systems to offer courses teaching the history of the Bible as an elective, a bill allowing ‘In God we trust’ be displayed in school buildings, and a bill requiring that public schools begin each day with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Henderson’s original resolution used the term “Alabama values.”

Jackie Curtis Cox objected to the term Alabama values, saying that the legislature did not represent Alabama values when they passed legislation raising fuel taxes. Cox suggested that the term Christian values be used instead.

The legislature passed a controversial piece of legislation raising fuel taxes ten cents per gallon. The first six cents of that tax will be implemented on Sunday.

Suzelle Josie said that we should not neglect the role of our Jewish brothers and sisters and suggested that Judeo-Christian values be used instead of Christian values.

Since the Resolution was brought from the floor and id not go through the Resolution Committee the measure needed two thirds for passage. The members agreed and the resolution passed with no opposition/

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Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said that that the party needs to dedicate itself to working hard to re-electing Donald Trump as President of the United States and in electing a Republican to replace Doug Jones.

Under the Bible study law, students in public schools would be given the option to take the instruction as an elective. Under the new Pledge of Allegiance law public schools must start each day with the Pledge, but there is no requirement that students be forced to stand for or recite the Pledge if they choose not to and schools are specifically barred from punishing students who do not stand for the Pledge. The phrase “In God we trust” is printed on U.S. currency. The legislature passed a bill allowing the term to be displayed on signage on walls in public schools.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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