Resolutions that urge citizens to "recognize God as the foundation" of the nation's heritage are "spreading like wildfire" among local officials in Tennessee, according to a promoter of the movement.
The resolution was written by Roger D. Jones, mayor of Greene County, Tenn. Jones told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he drafted the document after residents voiced anger at federal court rulings against the "under God" phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance and display of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building.
The Greene County Commission unanimously passed the resolution in September, and Jones sent copies to all of the state's 94 other counties urging them to follow suit.
"On the local level we are the closest elected officials to the people. We operate under a representative democracy," Jones told The Tennessean. "And the majority of Americans believe in God. We're saying, 'Believe in your God.' "
On Nov. 3, the Kennesaw, Ga., city council unanimously approved the resolution, which urges "all American citizens to proclaim to every level of government its responsibility to publicly recognize God as the foundation of our national heritage."