Freedom From Religion Foundation objects to worship service included in Bill Lee’s inaugural celebration

97647a1d-585e-437d-ab08-028e447d2a58-nas-elx-governor_analysis-02Source: THE TENNESSEAN

, Nashville Tennessean

A national group that pushes for the separation of church and state does not think a religious service should be a part of Gov.-elect Bill Lee’s upcoming inaugural celebration.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Tennessee’s next governor and his transition team, objecting to a Saturday morning worship service included in a slate of events this weekend.

“As a private citizen you may, of course, attend any religious functions you like,” Ryan Jayne, staff attorney for the Wisconsin-based nonprofit, said in the Jan. 14 letter. “But the federal and state constitutions dictate that you as governor may not insert religious rituals into government-sponsored events, including your inauguration.”

Jayne also requested public records related to the worship service.

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