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To push for new city charter, Opa-locka mayor cites Jesus

 

cveiga@MiamiHerald.com

If Jesus (Christ, that is) urged for change, the city of Opa-locka should, too.

That’s what Mayor Myra Taylor argued last week when she asked residents to support a new city charter, which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

“A while back, someone made a comparison that, ‘Well, the Bible is old, but we still use it,’ ” she said. “‘Why not the current charter?’”

First off, she continued, holy books are “inspired by God,” and it’s “offensive” to compare them to a city charter.

Second, Taylor said, citing Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew: “There became a point when even Jesus recognized that it was time for God’s people to move from the old to the new, higher level of thinking. ... If it’s time for Jesus, it’s time for us. Now is the time to move our city forward.”

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