by Jeff Woods
"It's a pro-Christian bill," insists state Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro. (It is! It really is!) Of the proposed mosque, he asks, "Is it truly a church or is it a training center?" Then, flailing wildly on the hot seat, he compares the mosque to a church for snake handlers or the Ku Klux Klan. We love this quote:
"What if they put in something that's dangerous to the citizens or the children of the neighborhood?" Ketron said. "There should be notice of what's changing. Does the KKK have a church? Do snake handlers have a church? Those are things that should be brought out to the general public. The more transparent we are to the general public, the better off we are."
Rep. Kent Coleman, D-Murfreesboro, seems to be enjoying the controversy:
"The Republicans sponsored that bill," Coleman said. "If that bill has created problems, my advice would be to repeal it as soon as possible. I would suggest that this bill be repealed and Republicans be more cautious in attempting to affect local governments constitutional authority to zone and provide for public safety."