State Sen. Shadrack McGill wants to pray before the 2012 legislative session begins.

McGill, R-Woodville, has organized a prayer breakfast Monday morning at DeKalb Theater beginning at 8:30 a.m.

"I really don't believe in the separation-of-church-and-state thing," he said. "It's an opportunity, for me, for the church to get together with the elected officials and speak one-on-one as the meeting allows."

When the Legislature convenes Feb. 7, McGill will begin his second year representing the people of DeKalb, Jackson and eastern Madison counties.

McGill said all local elected officials have been invited to attend, and Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, is slated as the event's special guest speaker. Point of Honor will provide music for the prayer breakfast.

"It may be a new thing in DeKalb County, but it's not a new thing statewide," McGill said. "I'll likely attend quite a few legislative prayer breakfasts in the session. They're common in Madison County as well. I'd just like to implement that in Jackson along with DeKalb County."

McGill said he was encouraging pastors to take part in the event as well as local lawmakers. During the breakfast, officials will have an opportunity to speak to the citizens of DeKalb County. Time permitting, McGill said there might be a question-and-answer session.



Huck Treadwell is the design editor and a reporter for the Times-Journal. He joined the paper's staff in 2011. His email address is

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“McGill, R-Woodville, has organized a prayer breakfast Monday morning at DeKalb Theater beginning at 8:30 a.m.
"I really don't believe in the separation-of-church-and-state thing," he said.”
Senator McGill shows how shameful he truly is when he made the above statement, as the Founding Fathers made it explicitly clear in the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution the following.


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
If Senator McGill is unwilling or unable to honor the oath of office he was administered when he was inaugurated to the Alabama Senate, which states in part,
“I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, he should immediately resign from the Alabama Senate, that’s the only Honorable thing Senator Mc Gill can do isn’t it?
Below is what one of the Founding Fathers stated in his wisdom.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson
For Senator McGill and his comrades in the Alabama Legislature to approve Charter Schools which will those Charter Schools to an establishment of Religion, where the establishment of religion only has to furnish the building for the Religious Charter School, while the TAX PAYERS of Alabama will fund those Religious Charter Schools, shows the contempt of those members of the Alabama Legislature, and Thomas Jefferson correctly called them TYRANNICAL and their Actions SINFUL, as those Religious Charter Schools, as they will compel a person to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas and disbelieves they abhor and that makes their act SINFUL and TYRANNICAL, doesn’t it?

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