Monday, December 18, 2006

Council Office Recommends That Ronnie Greer Withdraw Appropriation for Religious Non-Profit

Metro's lawyers have determined that Council Member Ronnie Greer's resolution to draw $5,000 from infrastructure funds to send to Nashville Inner City Ministry, Inc. violates the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They base their judgment on the fact that the NICMI program is based on Biblical principles.

They are recommending that Greer withdraw his resolution. Public dollars have no business funding programs with parochial purposes. We'll see if he does during Tuesday's meeting.

UPDATE: Bruce Barry has more details after the jump.

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