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Dumfries reconsiders ‘no-Jesus’ resolution

Dumfries Town Crier Gary West leads the town’s annual “Holiday Parade” in December 2010. But if the news of the day is religious in nature, then what? (James A. Parcell/For The Washington Post)

Now some in Dumfries are having second thoughts, according to Uriah Kiser of 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, 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.”

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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