Separation Of Church And State?

By: Liz Tedone
By: Liz Tedone

Knoxville (WVLT) A Knox County commissioner is re-introducing the God resolution.

It's a document that recognizes God as the foundation of our country and government.

The resolution was tabled by County Commission in 2004.

But today committee members are talking about it again.

WVLT Volunteer TV's Liz Tedone has more.

The so-called God resolution states there is growing demand within the judicial system to remove all visible recognitions of God from public institutions.

And in the past several years we've reported on controversial measures to remove God's name from the pledge of allegiance, take him off our currency, even courthouse walls.

Today, the God resolution was re-introduced at a committee meeting.

And commissioners agreed to send the resolution onto the full commission next week without any additional recommendations.

Commissioner Ivan Harmon proposed the resolution and says it would serve as a statement, not a rule, regulation or law.

"Other counties have done it. 85 counties in the state of Tennessee have already approved one. We're not forcing religion on anybody. No I'm not afraid to stand up for God."

The resolution states in particular that 90-95% of our forefathers who drafted the constitution had a strong belief in God and never intended for there to be a separation of church and state, only that each citizen choose freely how or if to worship.

This resolution will go before the full commission next week.

We'll be watching closely the discussions surrounding this.

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