Category: Opinion

Let the Alabama pastor speak … and everybody speak up too

Everyone likes free speech until someone says something we find vile. Birmingham pastor Michael Jordan of New Era Baptist Church was in the news this week, decrying Church of the Highlands’ plans to open a campus in a high crime area of the inner city, calling “the white church” racist and hypocritical. Jordan’s interview with Birmingham NBC affiliate WVTM is shocking and divisive, and many Alabamians, black and white, are slamming him as a “racist.” (more…)

SHAME! State Rep. Patricia Todd, Alabama’s first openly gay lawmaker, tries to ‘out’ Gov. Kay Ivey in hateful nighttime Tweet

With just 34 words twisted together in cruel and bitter intent, Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd – our first openly gay lawmaker and a professional human rights activist – has shown us everything that’s wrong with politics, journalism and the awful thing called Twitter. Here’s what Todd tweeted Tuesday night: https://twitter.com/reptodd/status/996549238665379841 Folks, decent people just don’t do this.  (more…)

Yellowhammer News is gaining readers, growing in influence, and bringing the conservative movement together in Alabama

It’s been six months since Rachel and I began editing Yellowhammer News, bringing with us a traditionally conservative focus on politics, culture and faith, a new and experienced team of writers, and an innovative new website design. And the response has been incredible – Yellowhammer News articles are now being read more than half a million times each week! We credit this success to three simple factors: our people, our principles, and our partners. Here’s an update on how we’re doing with each: (more…)

‘I wanna be like Kanye’ — time to bust out The Chainsmokers’ 2014 anthem

Birds of a feather flock together, so President Donald Trump and Kanye West aren't an unlikely pair. They deserve each other. Arrogant ... check. Deplorable views on women ... check. Unafraid to thumb their chins at bashers ... check. I wouldn't want my sons to be like either man, but I can give an appreciative nod to the good things President Trump has done in office, and I don't know many Kanye songs, but I bet I'd like a few. Here's something I do admire about both: They don't back down when the mob comes calling for their heads. (more…)

President Trump channels ‘Josey Wales and Ten Bears’ in negotiations with North Korea

Everything one needs to know about foreign policy can be learned by watching the three-minute negotiation scene between the Rebel outlaw and the Comanche chief in the film "The Outlaw Josey Wales." Wales offers both life ... and death ... with utmost sincerity, and because the outlaw is willing to die in battle, the warrior chief Ten Bears believes he is willing to live in peace. And so they live together, in peace. President Donald Trump's similar stance with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have yielded similar results. Here's why: (more…)

Annoyed by close talkers and sitters? UAB professor explains why

I’ve got a gripe and I recognize it’s not very nice considering it’s about people I sit next to … in a chapel … when I’m there to pray. Remember the “close-talker” in the show Seinfeld, who got right up in other people’s faces during conversations? Well, I’m about to go bananas about what I’ll call “close-sitters.” Almost every morning I spend about 15 minutes inside our church’s prayer chapel after I drop my kids off at school. I love starting my day in a bit of peace. I know the good Lord told us to love Him by loving others, but y’all, let me paint the scene and I think you’ll understand. (more…)

Before we condemn Tom Brokaw, we must stop. We must think.

American icons Bill Cosby and Tom Brokaw are in the headlines today, but one deserves to be there and the other probably does not. Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 14 years ago. Dozens of other women have made similar claims about the actor known as "America's Dad." Cosby, who once headlined NBC’s number one sitcom, certainly deserves the 30-year prison sentence he may receive. What he did is the very definition of “assault.” But before we judge "America's anchor," who once led NBC’s number one newscast, as guilty of sexual assault, we must stop. We must think. We must examine that word. We must examine the #MeToo movement, which is crucial in its importance … but which is dangerous if used cavalierly to ruin people. (more…)

Bizarro World: NYT reminds us that Alabama’s Jeff Sessions is a consistent conservative

The president has repeatedly insulted Alabama’s Jeff Sessions, calling him “weak” “disgraceful” and an “idiot” along with mockingly nicknaming him Mr. Magoo. To add injury to insults, many fair-weather conservatives have echoed these jeers or said nothing, failing to defend a man who has faithfully defended us and our values for decades. Oh well, at least the Gray Lady took a moment today to remind us that Sessions remains faithful to our movement and his word: Key excerpts from the New York Times: (more…)

#FakeRacism — Alabama cops were justified in Waffle House arrest

They're out here saying those white cops who arrested that black lady last weekend at the Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama were racists. Reality Check: When a cop places you under arrest and you do anything other than passively comply, you may wish for him to say, "Oh, you don't want to be arrested? My bad. I'll just leave now." But here's what will actually happen, every time, and like Michael Jackson sang, "it don't matter if you're black or white." https://youtu.be/a3eI5F-AUVw (more…)