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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  • by Anonymous Location: Carter on Dec 17, 2007 at 01:22 PM
    This is foolish. Let them declare from the tops of mountains how their god is so great, let them scream that he will save them as the cold edge or reality finally finds their warm breast. This is nothing more then a pointless quest to find truth in a world without it. God will not stop killings, God will not stop war, God will not stop Famine. There is no, and never has, nor will be,any God.
  • by Burt Location: Likko on Dec 17, 2007 at 11:30 AM
    Commissioners: If any of you are Christians, please read Matthew 6:5-6 before proceeding and ask yourself what Jesus would think of this resolution. Please do not pick a fight with atheists, the ACLU, or other groups who will surely sue the county, and waste taxpayer money and your time with the lawsuits. Leave well enough alone.
  • by Tom O'Connor Location: Knoxville on Dec 13, 2007 at 07:13 PM
    Commissioners. On your own time, read Freethinkers by Susan Jacoby. "The great virtue of Susan Jacoby's book is that it succeeds so well in its own original intent: showing that secularism, agnosticism and atheism are as American as cherry pie. Indeed, this is the first and only country to adopt a Constitution that specifically excludes all reference to a higher power." Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law. ~ Thomas Jefferson


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