A group of Sunday School teachers representing Methodist, Baptist, Mormon, and independent churches in Mobile, Alabama have sued in state court for weekends off. The protest was also accompanied by picketing outside of the respective churches.
Susan Wilbon of the United Methodist Church is the spokesperson for the group. She offered the following statements in an interview:
"Everyone else gets to enjoy their weekends off, but not us Sunday School teachers. While all of our neighbors are bbqing or relaxing by the pool on Saturdays, we're pouring through the scriptures and Strong's Concordance and preparing for our lessons."
"On Sundays, when they are taking naps in the pews or at home watching a game on television, we're quickly checking over our notes and class outlines."
"We've had enough. Sunday services need to be moved to some other day of the week so that we can have weekends off also!"
"We keep your children away from Satan, and look at the thanks we get!"
"The pay on this job isn't that great either. While a few teachers in a few denominations get a small stipend for their work, most of us are doing this voluntarily. We think that the state should look into this."
"Now, if we were bumped to the front of the line at pot luck dinners or socials, it would be one thing. Instead, we have no benefits package for our jobs."
"If we can't get results locally, we're going to the A.C.L.U.. They get things done!"