ALCAP continues to be moral voice for faith communitycomment (0)
November 24, 2011
The moral voice for the faith community — that is how Dan Ireland described Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP). Ireland, director emeritus of ALCAP, gave the report for the organization because of the absence of current Executive Director Joe Godfrey, who was recuperating from surgery and unable to attend.
Ireland recalled that he has been present for every legislative session — including special sessions — for the last 34 years and recited a litany of bills ALCAP followed during the last legislative session. These included a number of bills expanding the sale of alcohol, which ALCAP opposed, and sanctity of life bills, which ALCAP supported.
One sanctity of life bill that became law during the past year bans all abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy because of the ability of the baby to feel pain after that stage of development.
In the Book of Reports, ALCAP shared its involvement in the anti-immigration law adopted during the last legislative session. The report said ALCAP succeeded in amending the Senate version of the bill to protect churches ministering to illegal immigrants. But in conference committee, that amendment was dropped, the report said.
Ireland also shared a new approach to character education developed by ALCAP. With fewer opportunities to teach about the evils of drugs and alcohol, ALCAP through its American Character Builders arm has developed kits dealing with bullying, drug use, alcohol and tobacco. Some of these kits are being used by organizations such as Boy Scouts of America.
He urged churches to use the kits with church youth groups or for churches to ban together to do community education on these topics. (TAB)