These steps, along with other routine city-business matters listed, would suggest our city’s voters were successful in replacing the dysfunction and gridlock of the previous leadership with a focused team of professionals, striving to achieve growth and prosperity for Anniston’s future.
When this story is juxtaposed with The Star’s report the following day on the Alabama Senate’s newest effort to circumvent federal law and again place the Christian Bible’s Ten Commandments in public buildings, I am reminded of the old adage, “One step forward, two steps back.”
The American people would not approve the U.S. Constitution until after the Bill of Rights, including the pertinent establishment clause of the First Amendment, was added to protect U.S. citizens from government intrusion in their lives. Many of the original colonists were fleeing religious persecution in Europe, so these protections were both prudent and necessary.
Some 221 years have passed since the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the states. Alabamians are every bit as capable today as our fellow Americans were in 1791 to decide matters of religion on our own, without the state or federal government’s help.
The Alabama Senate would do well to take a page out of Anniston’s playbook and begin to look forward instead of backward.
James R. (Jim) Moore