Good Friday morning online congregation, Alabama passed a new law this week that grants a church the right to set up its own law enforcement agency to cover its sanctuary, seminary, and school campuses. Some critics charge that the church has a history of racism and homophobia.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law Wednesday a measure granting the Briarwood Presbyterian Church the right to set up its own law enforcement agency to cover its sanctuary, seminary and sprawling school campuses, despite criticism that the measure was unconstitutional.
“Briarwood is one of the largest and most influential churches in the entire Bible Belt and has a long history of racism. In 1973, 260 churches with congregations totaling 41,000 members split from the Presbyterian Church in the United States. The mostly Southern congregations seceded from the larger PCUS after the PCUS decided that it would allow black and white parishioners to worship together."