A church with its own police force

handcuffs-308897_640The Alabama state Senate has voted to allow a church in Birmingham to have its own police force.

Briarwood Presbyterian (PCA)  believes it needs its own police to provide security for its school and its 4000 members.

Universities are routinely authorized to have their own “campus cops,” but not other institutions, much less churches. The approval must still pass the state House of Representatives.

A church with a police force, according to the article after the jump, would be “unprecedented.”  But what are the theological problems with this? [Read more…]

Bikers declare war against police

A motorcycle gang involved with the Waco shootout, at which 9 bikers were killed and 179 arrested, is calling for members to retaliate against police officers and their families (!).

Prediction:  Law and order is going to come back as a political issue, as riots, attacks against police officers, and other breakdowns in social order are going to spark a backlash from the public. [Read more…]

Sea of Blue

Nationwide, “hands up” and “I can’t breathe” protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality.  But now police are staging demonstrations of their own. protesting the politicians and the citizens who do not appreciate the danger police officers face and who make it worse with their anti-police rhetoric.  Cities nationwide are seeing “sea of blue” demonstrations, featuring thousands of police officers in their blue uniforms. [Read more…]

Two cops murdered as protest

The protests against the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in New York City have led to what a New Jersey police union official  describes as a “fever pitch of anti-police sentiment.”  Across the country, routine police actions have become fraught with tension and the rhetoric of the protesters is sometimes advocating violence against the police.  Now two New York City police officers have been assassinated as retaliation. [Read more…]

Thoughts on Ferguson shooting

We’ve blogged about the militarization of the police (here and here), but what about the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri?  Some say the 18-year-old was just minding his own business walking down the street when the police officer killed him in cold blood.  Police have put out a more complicated  story.  But let’s assume the police story is true. . . . [Read more…]

The problem with cops in camo

Why would police officers, as in those in Ferguson, Missouri, wear green camoflage jungle fatigues?  If it’s necessary to hide from urban bad guys, they should wear black, grey, and dirty white camoflage so as to blend in with asphalt, concrete, and dilapidated houses.  (Like this.)  The answer, of course, is that since most of our military’s fighting these days requires desert camoflage,  our government unloaded the jungle pattern for police departments and whoever else wants them.  So now the police are purposefully dressing up to look like soldiers.  This signifies a confusion of vocation. [Read more…]