Deist suggests using Hebrew on plaque
Bristol Herald Courier 7/22/99
BLOUNTVILLE Bristol Virginia deist Lewis Loflin urged the Sullivan County Commission
Monday to amend its approval of a Ten Commandments plaque that will be placed in
the old County Courthouse. Loflin suggested during the public comment section of
the commission meeting that the most ancient Hebrew text available be used
instead of an English version.
Loflin has threatened to sue the county if the plaque, to be paid for by the Sullivan Baptist Association, is allowed, but one that he proposed is not.
Commissioner Mike Gonce of Indian Springs last month asked County Attorney Dan Street to check into whether the county could sue Loflin for libel and slander after Loflin criticized the commission for approving the plaque. Street said he was not asked to make the recommendation Monday, but that it would have been not to sue.
Quoting the Kingsport Times-News (1-18-2004)
"It seems clearer and clearer and clearer that we are promoting a particular religion, and that's a violation of the Constitution. The Constitution is the one document that protects minorities, and just because most people feel the Christian faith or the Jewish faith is the right faith, that doesn't mean they have a right to impose it on everyone else.