Christian Coalition splinters off
The Alabama Christian Coalition feels that the national version has “drifted from its founding conservative principles”. Those referred to seem to be:
1. Blind devotion to a hardline demi-libertarian economic vision which has no Biblical or theological foundation;
2. Carrying water for Jack Abramoff.
I agree that these are certainly core conservative principles and the ACC should hold to them as tightly as their hatred of gays, foreigners, and everyone who isn’t a right-wing conservative Christian.
Ruling may allow felons to vote
Three notes on this ruling by Jefferson County Judge Robert Vance Jr.:
1. Nancy Worley, in her usual understated way, says that this will lead to polling places in prisons, which will certainly present a problem in getting volunteers to work the polling places.
2. The ruling is on hold while the Justice Department reviews it for compliance with the Voting Rights Act. Note that the people who are most outraged by this ruling (they rhyme with “Bopublican”) are also the people who want Alabama to not be subject to VRA review. Ooops!
3. The ruling states, basically, that the law banning felons from voting is defective because it bans people who commit crimes of “moral turpitude”, where “moral turpitude” has not been defined. I am eagerly awaiting the legislature’s debate on bills defining “moral turpitude”.