Shoot the Moon

A cross is shiloutted against the sunrise on Easter morning in Piedmont. This shot was taken just as the sun was breaking the horizon. Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star

Like siblings that pick on each other during interminable car rides, Alabama and Mississippi play this little game where one state belittles the other in their too-frequent race to the bottom. It’s a contest Alabama usually wins. “Thank God for Mississippi ...” we say, not wholly in jest.

Well, last year Mississippians turned uppity when a Gallup poll deemed their state the most religious in America (59 percent). Really? Alabama (56) was second. To us, it seemed like a contest to see which state had more kudzu.

This month, a new poll from Gallup shows Alabama has the nation’s highest percentage of Protestants (77). Mississippi (75) is second. All is right in the world again.

As for the kudzu crown, Mississippians can have it. They’ll get no fight from us.