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A faith-based advocate for public education will swing through the Volunteer State as part of a broad, national push in support of education as a public trust. […] Read More

Editor’s note: This column appeared Wednesday in the Tennessean. Clergy for Tolerance continues to gather signatures from clergy who support the letter to presidential candidates. To read more and to sign the letter, click here. Concerned about the rising tide of anti-immigration rhetoric and punitive bills in statehouses across the country, Tennessee faith leaders have […] Read More

Dozens of Tennessee faith leaders urged Republican presidential candidates to keep the bitter rhetoric on immigration out of the Volunteer State. Tennessee’s Republican presidential primary is March 6. The plea came Feb. 9 in the form of a statement signed and released by some 45 leaders representing the Abrahamic faiths across Tennessee. “We are faith […] Read More

Did you know that in the state of Tennessee there is a law against bullying in schools? It allows local school districts to develop policies to ensure that students are protected from physical harm, threats of physical harm, and actions that would create a hostile educational environment. Current attempts to change this law are concerned […] Read More

Tennessee Republican lawmakers have filed some 30 anti-immigration bills during the current legislative session, according to the Tennessean. “It’ll always be the case that we’re trying to make sure that Tennessee is not a magnet for illegals,” said state Rep. Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville), who is the House Republican Caucus chairwoman. Several of the bills relate […] Read More

With the Republican presidential campaign locked in a slugfest between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney over immigration, more reasoned Republican voices are struggling to get an audience. During the Republican debate last week in Tampa, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said that when conditions become so unfavorable for undocumented immigrants, they will leave the United […] Read More

An Alabama United Methodist bishop told almost 300 middle-Tennessee leaders of faith in late November that he was sorry for being inactive while an anti-immigration bill moved into law in Alabama. He also called on Tennessee clergy to speak up. “I’m up here in Tennessee … to repent,” said William Willimon, bishop of the North […] Read More

State Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) of Tennessee believes there is no reason to delay a homeland security bill now that references to Islam and Shariah have been removed. I was told in the hallways of the Tennessee legislature that the rewrite of Tennessee House Bill 1353/Senate Bill1028, an anti-Shariah bill, makes the bill harmless. I […] Read More

(RNS) Tennessee lawmakers are rewriting a bill that described Islamic law as a threat to U.S. security and seemed to equate peaceful Muslim practices with terrorism. State Sen. Bill Ketron and House Speaker Pro Tempore Judd Matheny, both Republicans, offered the revision after questions arose about the proposed bill’s constitutionality. “The revision reflects our original […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Islam is a valid religion that is entitled to constitutional protection, said a U.S. attorney who stepped into a debate about a proposed mosque and Islamic center in Tennessee. “To suggest that Islam is not a religion is quite simply ridiculous,” said U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin of Nashville in a statement Monday (Oct. […] Read More