City officials declare God ‘owner’ of their Alabama town
An Alabama mayor and City Council have declared God “owner” of the city they represent.
According to an opinion piece in The (Marion County) Journal Record praising the ceremonial designation, Mayor Randy Price successfully pushed City Council members to declare Winfield a “City Under God.”
“Mind you, some of other religions — or no religions — might fuss, but if our coins can say, ‘In God We Trust,’ we see no harm in acknowledging the Almighty at Christmas,” read the editorial, apparently written by the newspaper staff. “We think that the whole fuss about cleaning God from the spector (sic) of public service has been much ado about nothing.”
“In the same vein, this resolution may not change the city, either, but it will not hurt. And, if anyone in Marion County deserves our thanks, it is Him, for all He has blessed us with,” the editorial continued. “At least, that’s how we feel.”
Price said he pushed for the designation because the nation is in “an awful condition,” and he hopes Winfield residents will become more religious if the city is ceremonially placed under God’s ownership.