The money may have been directed at renovating the building the Baptists were meeting in, not the ministry directly — so went the Christians’ argument — but it turned out the building belonged to a church. So there was no way out of this. It was government money that was being used to promote religion.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Commission Chair warning him about the illegality of sending this money.
And guess what?
Commissioner Harold Elmore, who suggested making the donation in the first place, was the same person who suggested rescinding the offer.
Commission Chairman Bill Godwin said Thursday afternoon that the Covington Baptist Association returned the county’s check before Thursday’s vote, and the check has been voided.
Smart move on their part. The taxpayers in Covington County should be thankful their money isn’t being wasted — and that the government officials aren’t doing anything to bring on a lawsuit, costing them even more.
Of course, it shouldn’t have gotten to this point to begin with… but remember. This is Alabama. We’ll take what we can get in that state.
(Thanks to Brian for the link. Portions of this article were published earlier)