A Tennessee bill would take funding from University of Tennessee’s diversity program and allot it for “In God We Trust” decals for the state’s police cars.
Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss is sponsoring the bill in the Tennessee General Assembly that would take about $100,000 from the university’s diversity funding and use it to fund decals featuring the national motto for any law enforcement group interested. Huss pointed to a series of incidents, including the university’s “Sex Week,” and the discouragement of Christmas parties, which he says do “not reflect the values of my constituents.”
“Diversity is very important at our colleges in Tennessee, but this office that we are taking money from has become the office of political correctness so that’s why we are taking the funds for other things,” Huss told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
He pointed to the university’s annual “Sex Week,” the use of gender neutral pronouns, and the discouragement of having Christmas parties. The university’s diversity program took fire for releasing a statement requesting that the holiday parties in December do not become a “Christmas party in disguise.”
The bill was assigned to the general subcommittee in the Senate which means it may be withdrawn, but Huss’ office said the bill is still “up in the air.”
Huss wanted to pass a bill paying for the decals for police officers but didn’t have a source of funding. He saw the diversity cuts as the perfect solution. He told TheDCNF he has gotten positive feedback on the bill.
“I would say about 40 percent of my positive communication on this are graduates from UT who are saying they are embarrased about their alma mater,” Huss told TheDCNF.
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