Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore last week tried, once again, to block marriage equality in that state.
Editor’s Note: Amanda Scott is an activist for church-state separation in a tough state – Alabama. Scott, a member of Americans United’s Youth Advisory Council, is currently studying to be a paralegal and hopes to become an attorney. She spoke with Church & State recently about her work on behalf of freedom of conscience in the heart of the Bible Belt.
Q. How did you get interested in advocating for separation of church and state?
Stickers with biblical verses will no longer be attached to police cars in an Alabama county, thanks to Americans United.
The Houston County Sheriff’s Department put stickers on its vehicles that read “Blessed Are The Peacemakers,” a Bible verse from Matthew 5:9. That message encircled the official badge of the department. After Americans United got word of this clear instance of government endorsing religion, it sent a complaint letter to the sheriff’s department in early August. (The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation later sent a letter as well.)
The Dadeville, Ala., City Council is considering an ordinance to ban saggy pants and revealing clothing, and some members claim the move is divinely inspired.
Council Member Frank Goodman said he drafted the ordinance after praying to God for a solution to the problem. “I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it. What would God do? Did God go around doing this?” he told the Daily Beast website. “He would show me this saggy pant – it’s one of the things He did not do. It is not in His orders to do that to gain eternal life.”
An Alabama city lawmaker wants to ban his constituents from wearing saggy pants and short skirts because such fashion choices are supposedly outside the divine dress code.
Perhaps quoting from the Book of Vogue, Dadeville City Council Member Frank Goodman told The Daily Beast website, “I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it. What would God do? Did God go around doing this?”
I’ve been monitoring the Religious Right’s response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, and I’m not impressed.