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What If God Doesn’t Want It?: Ala. Town Declares Itself Property Of The Almighty

Officials in the town of Winfield, Ala., passed an interesting resolution last month: They declared that God owns their community.

“Whereas we acknowledge God is the owner of the City of Winfield and that it is a City under God. We acknowledge that at all times, He is in control,” reads a resolution that passed the city council unanimously.

Still Divisible Under God: Supreme Court Opts Not To Review Pledge Challenge

When I was a kid, I recited the Pledge of Allegiance in school. By rote, obediently. Elementary school days of hand-over-heart and guileless allegiance.

Then middle school rolled around. It became less cool, sure, but still unchallenged. It was patriotic at least, during a post-9/11 time when car flags flew in unison.

But in response to the intercom’s summons most high school mornings, I stayed quiet. When I lacked the resolve, I admit I moved my lips. Muscle memory, maybe. Or was it social? Either way, it was my silent protest.