Speaking at a prayer breakfast recently, Alabama State Senator Shadrack McGill invoked God and the bible to stand against pay raises for teachers.
According to The Times-Journal, Sen. McGill said: “It’s a Biblical principle. If you double a teacher’s pay scale, you’ll attract people who aren’t called to teach. To go and raise someone’s child for eight hours a day, or many people’s children for eight hours a day, requires a calling. It better be a calling in your life. I know I wouldn’t want to do it, OK?”
“And these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It’s just in them to do. It’s the ability that God give ‘em. And there are also some teachers, it wouldn’t matter how much you would pay them, they would still perform to the same capacity. “If you don’t keep that in balance, you’re going to attract people who are not called, who don’t need to be teaching our children. So, everything has a balance.”
Ironically, Sen. McGill voted in favor of a 67 percent pay raise for lawmakers in 2007.
As of press time, God had not issued a comment regarding Alabama State Senator McGill's claims.