Religious Lawmaker Wants To Ban Sports On Sundays
WSBTV ^ | 9-23-2005
Posted on 09/23/2005 9:39:35 PM EDT by Cagey
WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. -- Play ball! As long as it's not Sunday morning.
Alderman Darrel Leftwich is proposing that the city establish new Sunday hours for White House Municipal Park so sporting events could only be held in the afternoon.
"I am concerned that we are not sending the right message to the community by having tournaments and league play during worship hours," Leftwich said.
Leftwich said that he drove by the park Sunday morning on his way to services at Temple Baptist Church and saw that it was full of people at a soccer tournament.
"God our Father intended the seventh day to be one of rest and worship," Leftwich said during this week's city board meeting. He asked the city manager to draft an ordinance that would restrict Sunday hours at parks in the town, about 20 miles north of Nashville.
Alderman Farris Bibb Jr. said the city should go slow before enacting a change. "With all due respect to Alderman Leftwich, the seventh day of the week is Saturday," Bibb said.