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Democrats wouldn't dare use religion for politics

The headline on a news article in Wednesday's newspaper said, "Alabama House GOP blocks vote on Bible class bill."

The headline is correct because Republican House members Tuesday prevented a Democratic bill from coming up for debate that would name "The Bible as Literature" as an acceptable text for an elective course in public high schools.

The bill and vote caught Republicans between the rock and a hard place they are so adept at placing Democrats.

Knowing their usual opposition to issues that mix religion and government, it's difficult to imagine Democrats being serious about the bill.

But Republicans knew that if they joined in supporting it, they would hand Democrats one of their bedrock issues, which they figured is the motive behind the bill.

Thus, Republicans voted to stop it from consideration, which also gives Democrats an issue Republicans laid claim to long ago.

"They are going to take this vote and mail it out and say we were against the Bible," GOP House member Micky Hammon of Decatur lamented.

He's right. Some political strategist may have already filed the headline and similar ones from other newspapers for future use.

Decatur's former Mayor, Rep. Bill Dukes, is a staunch Democrat and managed to say without smiling that he doubts his party will use the issue in this year's elections.

And pigs can fly, Mr. Dukes.

If Democrats use the issue, the cheap politics still won't rise to the level that the Christian Coalition carries out on behalf of Republican candidates under the guise of a voter guide.

This was a case of Republicans casting the right vote for the wrong reason. The bill is not needed, it's political, and cheap politics at that.

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