COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. — The Board of Commissioners for the City of Collegedale, Tenn. has passed a city-wide policy requiring all business and places of work to cease operations from Friday to Saturday sundown weekly.
City Hall has already received assurances of compliance from Collegedale’s two largest entities: Southern Adventist University and McKee Foods, the Adventist-owned producer of Little Debbie and Sunbelt snack foods.
Under the new policy dubbed “Saturday Law,” Collegedale’s more than 8,000 residents are prohibited from buying or selling during the 24-hour period. The policy also directs residents of the city to attend church services on Saturdays.
“Let me be clear, we are not stipulating which church residents attend but we are asking residents to attend a church on Saturday,” said City Public Affairs Specialist, Debra James. “It literally can be any church, just as long as it meets on Saturday and has a solid handle on prophecy.”
“From a religious liberty perspective, some may be be concerned that the recent decision at City Hall has damaged the Separation of Church and State,” said Dr. Aaron Friedman, Professor of Religion at Southern. “On the surface, this kind of policy seems arbitrary and restrictive but seen with an open mind, it is clear that it is for the common good.”
City Hall released a statement this morning thanking residents for their compliance with Saturday Law and asked everyone to be a good neighbor and report suspicious or otherwise non-compliant behavior. Commissioners promised to keep residents appraised of further policy being formulated to encourage local banking consolidation as well as mandatory retinal scans to further contribute to peace and prosperity in Collegedale.
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