Everybody has their pet peeves. For some it’s brussel sprouts, and for others it’s young men walking around with their pants halfway down their lower torsos. For one Alabama town called Dadeville, it certainly seems to be the latter.
Dadeville is on the verge of enacting a ban on all saggy pants worn in public, and according to The Daily Beast, the new law would primarily be put into place, not because of the rather unsightly appearance of individuals walking around town with their pants down, but because, “God would not go around with his pants down.”
“I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it,” stated Dadeville City Council member Frank Goodman at a recent meeting. “What would God do? Did God go around doing this?”
Goodman, who took office in 2008, had been considering banning saggy pants in public ever since he was first elected, but the legislature was sort of forgotten about. Now, seven years later, Goodman wants to push his initiative forward, and the town’s attorney, Robin Reynolds has stated that a draft of the new ordinance would be ready for the next city council meeting.
Dadeville, a town of approximately 3,200 people, is also considering banning short skirts and short shorts, in order to show that they are not just singling out men with the new proposed law.
“Seeing the young boys with pants hanging down, having to walk wide-legged, holding their pants up to keep them from falling down—now it’s gotten real bad,” Goodman said. “It’s something I couldn’t take no more.”
If the new ordinance is enacted, Dadeville would not be the first town in the United States to adopt such a law. In fact several other towns have also adopted laws banning the sagging of pants on public property. For instance, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, passed such a law last year, which allows them to to fine first-time offenders $50, and those who violate the ordinance more than once, $100.
While their is nothing wrong with proposing such a law, it is rather concerning that the line between church and state is being blurred once again, with Goodman trying to push the new ordinance through by bringing ‘God’ into the equation. It will be interesting to follow this story and see just how it will ultimately unfold.