Someone called "mooncat" on the blog Left in Alabama posted comments and Mr. Greg Varner (who unsuccessfully ran for the Alabama State Senate as a Democrat in 2010) shared his thoughts on the blog Keatings Desk.
It never ceases to amaze me how the uninformed become informed. From simply reading the Huntsville Times article both bloggers think they have me figured out. If they had only asked – it’s not like I hide my contact info on my website – they could have actually blogged on the facts leading up to my comments and attending the meeting…but they makes too much sense. I guess it is easier to stir up controversy; perhaps that is their point.
So – for the casual reader of my blog (and mooncat and Mr. Varner…just in case you are reading) when the Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church (of which my church belongs) endorses a letter that incorrectly presents the law such as the following excerpt - Gives police the ability to stop anyone they have a “reasonable suspicion” may be here illegally – I knew we had problems. By the way, there were several inconsistencies in the letter I could cite.
I can only assume church leadership had not read the law, hence my comments – read the law. I know church leadership wouldn’t want to incorrectly present the law, right?
Section 12 (a) states, Upon any lawful stop, detention, or arrest made…where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States…yup, that clearly sounds like giving police the ability to stop anyone they have a reasonable suspicion about.
I’ll be clear, my simple request on Friday, and today, is that we all read the law and at least have the same point of reference as a starting point. Words have meaning and we need to read all of them in the law. We can agree to disagree but let's start with the facts. It’s not really that hard.