Now some in Dumfries are having second thoughts, according to Uriah Kiser of PotomacLocal.com. Councilman Jerry Foreman has submitted a new resolution deleting the specific mentions of Jesus and Christ cited above. “By amending this language the resolution stays non-denominational. It doesn’t specifically call one religious leader or one religion out,” Foreman said in Kiser’s piece.
Prince William County also adopted a similar policy, InsideNova.com reported last year, instructing speakers that “invocations should not include references to religious figures such as Jesus Christ, to images such as a crucifix, or to teaching from such sources as the Koran or the Book of Mormon.”
The Dumfries council was hesitant to take on such a momentous issue shortly before the May 1 council and mayoral elections, and instead named a committee to review the issue, Kiser reported. He said Councilwoman Michele Jurgensen offered this analysis: “When I was elected I put my hand on the Bible to uphold the Constitution, I did not put my hand on the Constitution to uphold the Bible.”