The Influence of Churches in Alabama

This topic has been making me think for a while and now I want to talk about it.  It seems like some churches in Alabama like to control what everyone will do.  We hear some pastors saying “having a lottery in Alabama is bad.”  I guess the pastors of some churches enjoy seeing the citizens of Alabama going to the next state over to gamble or buy lottery tickets.  You do realize that having a lottery or having casinos is not a sin.  I have to wonder how many people who say they are against gambling in Alabama while in church on Sundays actually go to another state for the lottery during the week.

During the frenzy of high jackpots multiple people from Alabama jam the highways going to the next state over to buy lottery tickets.  This is huge tax money Alabama is losing out on because some pastors and church leaders think gambling is a sin.  Remember; some of these same folks believe closing early on Wednesday for church is okay.  And seeing people who live a different lifestyle such as being gay are a sin and must be converted or chased out of Alabama.  And some of these people think cockfighting is okay and hey; let’s take the kids!  Here is a story from Inside Edition about the cockfighting problem in Alabama.

The so-called Christians who claim that gambling is evil and a sin needs to grow up.  Alabama is losing millions of dollars a year to neighboring states because they were smart enough to find new ways to fund roads and education.  Hey since they know the people of Alabama are stupid enough to not start-up a lottery they know extra funding is always coming from Alabama citizens.  Here is what I think; Alabama needs to start a lottery!  The church leaders and pastors needs to quiet down and campaign state leaders to start-up a lottery.  Here is another video from the former radio station WABB-FM.  It shows friends going to Louisiana to buy Mega Millions tickets.

Now the latest story having some church leaders protesting something is coming out of Tuscaloosa.  The Tuscaloosa Arts Council heard complaints from several pastors and church leaders about a certain movie being shown during the Bama Art Series.  The film called Turn Me On, Dammit! has been pulled from the lineup.  The people who campaigned to pull the film say the movie has sexual content and is not in step with community standards.  I thought people in the Bible Belt were against censorship of all things in America.  But I guess not everyone is in step with that standard.  Here is the trailer for the movie.  Yes it does show two people putting up the middle finger.

This story is now making international news from the producers in Norway.  Why not; because some people in Alabama wants to keep believing we need to live in a backwards state and be 40-50 years behind other states.  I do think this is censorship and I hope Mayor Walt Maddox and the Tuscaloosa Arts Council will do the right thing and allow the movie to be shown.  People are not required to go see this movie so please quit complaining and allow the people who wants to see this movie see it.

People in Alabama needs to quit allowing pastors and church leaders to tell them what to do.  If the legislature had the guts it would start taxing churches.  Because we all know pastors do talk about politics and current topics during Sunday Service.  I do believe in God and respect people who follow religion.  But people also needs to grow up and realize our churches keep dumbing down the state of Alabama.


Joseph Girl and the Police

This story has not been in the news very much but I want to talk about how a local artist got in trouble for rescuing an abused dog around Piedmont.  Artist Joseph Girl was painting a 30 ft. mural on the side of the Hardin Center in Gadsden.  The artist stopped at a junkyard to see a car he was interested in but he saw something that needed immediate attention.  He saw a dog chained up to a pile of rocks and had little food and dirty water in a bucket.  The dog that he named Akita also had little shelter as well.  So Joseph contacted animal control to tell them about the dog’s situation.  Joseph left food and water for the dog and gave the dog some love.  But he could tell something was wrong with the dog.

After nothing happened to help the dog; Joseph took the dog to his home.  This was a really big mistake.  But what would you do if you saw a dog that was suffering and nothing was being done to help the animal?  Around a week later the police came to see Joseph Girl and arrest him and take the dog as well.  He went on to describe what happened on his website.  And he was bonded out of jail and has an upcoming court date.  That should be interesting.  So far I have not seen any news coverage about this story anywhere.  Granted; Joseph should have not taken the dog off the property.  But he knew if the dog continued to stay there it might not have lived much longer.

If you want to read the in-depth story about Joseph and Akita.  And if you want to donate money to help Joseph go to

Now Joseph has had a run in with the law.  But I had two recent experiences with local police departments but I was not arrested.  The first one about a year ago; I was walking along the side of Greenbrier Dear Rd. going up the mountain.

While I was walking along the road a Anniston Police officer drove up and was wondering what I was doing.  And he wanted me to ride in a back of a police car and drove me back to my apartment complex.  Now I was never in trouble but I was just walking along the side of the road.  If you read the blog regularly you know I am doing Shape Up! and I am walking around.  But do you think this goes a little too far?

And last week I was in my car on the shoulder of the road; which is public property.  I was out with my camera filming a traffic light on Leon Smith Parkway because it is broken.  And yes I have contacted the City of Oxford and ALDOT and nothing has been done.  While I was taking video of the light an off-duty Oxford Police officer walked up to my car and asked what I was doing.  I told him I am filming the light for my website.  He said that if a Oxford Police officer saw me doing this I can get in trouble.  Here is the video of that light.

This video doesn’t exist

Now I am on a public roadway filming a light that is broken for which I have reported for a long time now.  The last time I checked I am allowed to film public areas including traffic lights and trains.  People always take photos and videos of things in public areas.  And if a police officer decided to get me in trouble for roadgeeking.  I am going to have some fun talking about it on this blog.  I think most police officers are nice people and are doing their jobs.  But when someone decides to talk with me for doing something that is allowed by law.  Then I have a problem.  Oh well; that is one of the many reasons why I can not find a job in Calhoun County.