Dr. John released his classic ‘In the Right Place’ on February 25, 1973.
I been in the right place But it must have been the wrong time I'd have said the right thing But I must have used the wrong line I'd a took the right road But I must have took a wrong turn Would have made the right move But I made it at the wrong time I been on the right road But I must have used the wrong car
This week, on January 12, 2016, Monroeville City Council did the right thing, but definitely use the wrong line.
The issue was whether the Council should start with Council Members leading their worshippers, I mean citizens, in the Lord’s Prayer. After much deliberation for an issue that deserves a one-word response (NO!), the Council voted unanimously on a moment of silence.
Just to make sure that no one questions the piety of their actions, they have a standing moment of silence with heads bowed, both Council and public:
“We really did wrestle with this,” Mayor Greg Erosenko said. Mr. Erosenko thanked the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium for its input. The ministerium had been advocating for a moment of silence. The ACLU had threatened legal action against the municipality if it continued with the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.
Mr. Erosenko said he did “not want to make the ACLU any richer” by battling them in a lawsuit.
Nice move Mayor. It was not “I want to follow the Constitution” or “Remember it was Thomas Jefferson who said the First Amendment establishes a wall of separation between church and state”. It was not even thanks to the ACLU for pointing out this most egregious violation. No. It was a big FU to the ACLU.
I urge all readers in Monroeville to send a small check to ACLU with a cc: to the Mayor. Contrary to what the Mayor thinks, fighting a lawsuit suit does not make the ACLU richer. However, sending them a donation just might.
Mayor Erosenko was on the right road in terms of realizing the prayer was illegal, but in the wrong car when comes to disparaging the ACLU.