Category: Faith & Culture

Anti-Christian bullies target Gov. Kay Ivey, demand she stop ‘preaching’ on social media

(Opinion) A seriously annoying anti-Christian activist organization has signaled out Alabama’s governor because of what they call “preaching” on social media, demanding she remove the offending statements or face lawsuits and fines. Like most of America’s leaders, Gov. Kay Ivey sent Christmas-themed messages over the holiday season, but the aggressively litigious Freedom from Religion Foundation in Wisconsin sent her a letter calling her particular statements “unconstitutional.” “Wishing people good will and good cheer is all fine on Christmas, but not this overtly religious homily that the governor felt fit to send forth,” the foundation’s co-president said in a news release. “She's insulting residents of the state who aren't Christian by such sectarian preachiness.” So what got the Freedom from Religion Foundation so upset? Here’s what our governor posted to Facebook on December 25th: “My fellow Alabamians, today, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that each of us share His light and love with one another. As we're upon the Christmas season, reflecting on the past year, let us be filled with hope and joy as we look toward the opportunities that lie before us. May your days ahead be filled with the light of God and His abundant grace.” Boy, that’s some seriously awful stuff, especially in this time of partisan bickering. But if that’s not bad enough for you, Ivey also dared to record a video: https://youtu.be/WdBb4aIhIpk If those atheists only knew the types of shenanigans her predecessor was up to, they’d be thankful for Ivey’s…

If the left thinks ‘gay married’ Santa Claus is forward thinking, then thank God they call Alabama backward

[caption id="attachment_54988" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Santa's Husband (Harper Collins/Amazon)[/caption]   Just in time for Christmas, folks. The holiday story we’ve all been waiting for. Destined to become a fireside classic that you’ll read to your children and your children’s children. Santa's Husband, a children’s book from renowned publisher Harper Collins, tells the story of “a black Santa, his white husband, and their life in the North Pole.” Maybe this is a weak attempt at satire, but it’s more than likely just the same old culture-changing garbage the leftist media has been shoveling down our throats for decades (and they have even more control over the book publishing industry than they do film, television and newspapers). The author of the book is Daniel Kibblesmith, a staff writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. That show’s writers just spent weeks gleefully making fun of Alabama during our not-so-special special Senate election. To them, our adherence to thousands of years of Christian tradition and our respect for customs and convention makes us backward. But if this is how those writers define forward thinking, then I’ll happily wear their insults with pride (#AlabamaProud!). From the book’s ridiculous description on Amazon: -- “Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished symbol of the holiday season is also black and gay, and married to an equally cheery man.” -- “We see the Clauses sitting by the fire at their cozy North Pole home, vacationing at the beach, having an occasional disagreement, celebrating their wedding…

WATCH: Alabama little person’s rare condition lets him SEE music as numbers … listen to the stunning results

  Jon Michael Ogletree of Hoover, Alabama, couldn't reach the piano pedals when he began playing at 3 years old and he can't reach them now, three decades later. Ogletree calls himself a "little person" and says his dwarfism has come with its share of challenges ... and unique blessings. "The outsider looking into my life might just say, 'Oh it's so sad, that little person, he can't reach the bread on the top of that aisle,'" said Ogletree. "Well, little do they know, that God, yes, he's withheld a lot from me, but he's swept in and provided so much in the process."     Ogletree's talking, in part, about a rare condition he says God gave him as a gift called Synesthesia -- a "perceptual phenomenon" in which people experience stimulation in one of their senses, such as hearing, and that triggers an automatic experience in a different sense, such as sight.    "When I hear a song, I actually see numbers," Ogletree said, whose day job is serving as the CFO for a government subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. "What I'm able to do with those numbers is go to the piano and decipher them and arrange them any way that I want." WATCH Ogletree tell his incredible story in this 8-minute video: https://youtu.be/DEgSpDVQY1o   Ogletree has played piano professionally since he booked his first wedding at age 7. He plays every week at the Country Club of Birmingham, he's a pianist at Mountain…

Alabama schools move closer to banning paddling

[caption id="attachment_54260" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Simpsons (YouTube)[/caption]     Alabama teachers are one step closer to sparing the rod after the state’s local school board members recently voted to encourage policies that prohibit corporal punishment, also known as paddling. But does that mean they’re one step closer to spoiling the child? Almost every leading education and child psychology association says no, and that paddling actually makes behavior problems worse. Maybe. Some experts, especially Christian educators, say it all depends on why and how it’s administered and what’s trying to be achieved. Alabama law gives each school district the authority to decide its paddling policy, and the recent move is just a strong suggestion by the Alabama Association of School Boards to ban the practice. Critics, including Hoover city school board member Craig Kelley, point to the fact that Alabama is only one of about 15 states that allow paddling. That fact prompted Kelley to introduce the resolution at the association’s annual meeting earlier this month. Federal government data indicate that more than 100 school districts in Alabama paddled students in the 2013-2014 school year. In fact, paddling seems quite popular in some parts of the state. Conecuh County’s school system led the list by paddling 23 percent of its students – 27 percent of boys and 20 percent of girls. That’d probably make this guy teacher of the year in Evergreen: https://youtu.be/sKiLfH3DVGc Most Alabamians support discipline, maintaining well-ordered classrooms and teaching respect to the younger generation. And some of our…

J. Pepper Bryars: Washington Post asks ‘What’s the matter with Alabama,’ and Roy Moore’s new ad answers

A conservative writer for the Washington Post asked this week what many in our movement nationally have been pondering while watching Alabama creep ever closer to sending Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate: “What’s the matter with Alabama?” Examining a recent poll, columnist Jennifer Rubin bemoaned that Moore received nearly 60-percent of the female vote, asking did these women “consider that if Moore gets away with his alleged crimes and gets to the Senate, a horrific message will be sent to men who prey on young women?” Seeing how we’re probably going to send someone to the U.S. Senate whose fellow senator from Alabama – whose own governor, even – sees no reason to disbelieve those who have accused him of sexual molestation and sexual assault, indeed, what is the matter with Alabama? As many ex-girlfriends have told me, “It’s not you. It’s me.” It’s not so much what’s the matter with us, it’s what’s the matter with the rest of the country. Alabamians aren’t so much supporting Moore than they are reacting to years, decades even, of our way of life being constantly under assault from popular culture – the news media, film, music, books, you name it. Then we’ve had our political leaders rise to power through our support only to see them abandon and then betray us to the establishment and elites once in office. We’ve seen the government use the force of law, and the courts use force of decree, to change our sacred institutions and…

J. Pepper Bryars: Have pro-life Democrat candidates become an endangered species in Alabama?

[caption id="attachment_20691" align="aligncenter" width="840"] (Christine Szeto/Flickr)[/caption] Pro-life candidates in the Alabama Democratic Party have long been on the political equivalent of the threatened species list. Abortion rights extremists have hunted them mercilessly, their numbers have dropped precipitously, and their once vast territory has shrunk to a few measly electoral acres on the outskirts of their party. But has the nomination of Doug Jones signaled that they’ve officially become an endangered species in Alabama? “The National Democratic Party has made it difficult for pro-life people to feel welcome in the party,” said state Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, the former minority leader of the Alabama House, in a recent interview. “Most of the elected officials who have switched parties in Alabama over the last six or seven years have cited abortion as a key reason for leaving. It's definitely a problem for Democrats in conservative states.” How bad of a problem? Their national office touched off a firestorm a few months ago when their chairman said the Democratic National Committee wouldn’t fund any candidates who were pro-life. When other parts of their fund-raising apparatus countered and said they’d indeed fund some pro-life candidates, the base of the party went nuts. Seems some folks in Alabama heard them. The Alabama Democratic Party didn’t nominate a moderate on abortion rights, someone who’ll say it should be limited to the first three months of pregnancy. Nope. They put up a full-on abortion rights extremist that would make Nancy Pelosi proud. Jones appeared on MSNBC recently and…

J. Pepper Bryars: The anti-abortion movement must recapture some of the Democratic Party (or accept the GOP as a single point of failure)

  Remember that adage about not putting all of your eggs in one basket? That has happened to the anti-abortion movement. All of our votes are in the Republican Party’s basket. So too are the lives of millions of unborn babies, all depending upon the unpredictable success of a single political party, and at times a single political candidate. Why this matters: The Republican Party and its nominees can lose for many reasons, mostly having nothing to do with the popularity of pro-life legislation. So when the GOP inevitably hits that bump in the road, those proverbial pro-life eggs go needlessly flying, smashing upon a rocky road of some other issue’s making. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the choice Alabama voters have between pro-life Roy Moore and radically pro-choice Doug Jones. Because the pro-abortion rights lobby has such a lock on the left, the Alabama Democratic Party couldn’t even nominate a moderately pro-life candidate (nearly 60 percent of our voters believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center). Instead, the Democrats put up someone who believes it should remain legal for a doctor to take an unborn child past the time it can feel pain (20 weeks), inject poison into her beating heart, rip her little arms and legs apart, and then toss her broken body into the garbage. I’m sorry. I know many Democrats in Alabama and while I disagree with them on education and taxes…

J. Pepper Bryars: Roy Moore would lose by 20-points if his Democratic opponent were pro-life (or at least not so pro-abortion)

[caption id="attachment_49761" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (MSNBC/YouTube)[/caption]     Doug Jones would likely swamp Roy Moore in next month’s special election if the Democrat didn’t hold such extreme pro-abortion views. Consider this: -- Nearly 60 percent of adults in Alabama believe that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. They found that only 37 percent felt the opposite. -- Alabama now has more than 3.3 million registered voters, according to our secretary of state’s office. Why this matters: Do the math. By adopting such an extreme view on abortion rights (the “legal in all or most cases” belief), Jones traded a potential block of 1.9-million pro-life votes for a measly 1.2-million pro-choice votes. Democrats are leaving 700,000 voters on the table – voters who are very pro-life. How pro-life? Here are just a couple of emails that I’ve received from Yellowhammer readers on the issue: -- “I will NEVER vote for anyone who supports abortion on demand,” wrote Garry Lovette of Muscle Shoals. -- “I can’t find myself voting for Doug Jones with his deplorable view on abortion,” added Dr. Andrew Hodges of Scottsboro. And here’s my two-cents just to make Yellowhammer’s editorial position crystal clear: I will never, even under pain of death, vote for someone who thinks abortion-on-demand should remain legal. Never. Sure, some extreme pro-choice voters would likely abandon any pro-life Democrat nominee, but the difference is wide enough – 700,000 voters – that such a candidate could easily gain much…

J. Pepper Bryars: Why do we care so much about football?

    Every fall I tell myself not to get too emotional about Alabama football. “It’s just a bunch of guys I don’t know, who are going to a school that I didn’t attend, who are playing a game with a ball, a game that I have no control over, and whose result doesn’t have any real impact on my life.” That’s what I always say ... but it’s never how I actually feel. Football, college football, and Alabama football specifically seems to have attached itself to my DNA, wormed its way into my soul, and burrowed itself into my brain. It’d probably be easier to separate myself from my right hand than separate myself from caring about Alabama football. But I’m not one of those obnoxious fans who won’t shut up at the water cooler, or that guy who keeps statistics on wide receivers like he’s following the stock market, and I’m certainly not one of those really crazy people. It can get ugly. Earlier this month an Alabama fan shot an Auburn fan in Mobile after arguing about which team is better (what a stupid thing to argue about, as if there’s any question, #RTR). I haven’t gone that far, but I have acted irrationally. Once I was so depressed after Alabama lost to Tennessee that I went out and bought a Jeep to brighten my mood (stupid). And I did de-friend my wife on Facebook for her celebratory comments after that 2013 “Kick Six’ Iron Bowl (she’s…

J. Pepper Bryars: The president’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation keeps the focus where it ought to be – God.

[caption id="attachment_51309" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (White House/Facebook)[/caption]   As Alabamians gather today to watch football and feast on fried turkey, we should also remember the words written by President George Washington in his proclamation establishing “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” in 1789 that eventually became known as Thanksgiving Day. “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor,” Washington wrote. He added that the day should be “devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” Washington thanked God for many specific blessings – the revolution, the peace of the union, its prosperity, and the religious freedom they established. He also asked God to forgive the nation’s “transgressions” and to “enable us all, whether in public or private stations…to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue.” The tradition of presidential Thanksgiving Day proclamations continues under President Donald Trump, and with a noticeable change from those issued from his immediate predecessor. Where the first proclamation focused entirely on thanking God, those issued by President Barrack Obama, while making reference to God, seemed to focus more on expressing appreciation to other people and organizations. That’s all well and good, of course. People need to be thanked and recognized for their good…