Action Alert

Commend Tennessee county commissioners for stopping land transfers to churches

The commissioners of a Tennessee county need to be thanked for stopping the giveaway of land to churches.

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners had repeatedly transferred land to churches for nominal sums under a Tennessee provision that permitted this for nonprofits. For example, the county conveyed eight parcels of land to Memphis' Kingdom Fellowship Baptist Church in 2012 and a further four parcels to the same church in 2015.

When FFRF informed Shelby County that it was violating both the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions by its actions, county officials heeded FFRF's advice and suspended the land transfers for the time being. County commissioners need to be thanked for being willing to mend their ways, especially since they'll likely get blowback from the Religious Right.


Please contact the Shelby County commissioners to tell them they're doing the right thing. Urge them to make the moratorium permanent


Personalize your statement if possible, or feel free to cut and paste the wording below.

Thank you for halting Shelby County's unlawful transfer of land to religious institutions. The Tennessee Constitution guarantees that no citizens may be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, and you're adhering to the national and state constitutions by halting the gifts of land to churches. The moratarium must be made permanent.

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