Kootenai County GOP Rejects Resolution Declaring Idaho A Christian State

Feb 25, 2015

This post was updated Feb. 25

A Kootenai County Republican Central Committee resolution that would declare Idaho a Christian state was rejected Tuesday night.

The Spokesman-Review reports at least two-thirds of members supported a move not to vote on the resolution, tabling the idea.

The original post was created Feb. 24

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee will vote Tuesday on a resolution to declare Idaho a Christian state.

The draft resolution states that the Christian faith "has come under increasingly more strident attack in and by public institutions" and therefore other faiths have received preferential treatment. The resolution does not name any other faiths.

The measure seeks the "preservation of the Judeo-Christian bedrock of the founding of the United States and is not to be interpreted as restricting the free exercise of any other religion." John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are all mentioned as having founded the country on Judeo-Christian beliefs.

The committee holds it's monthly meeting in Coeur d'Alene Tuesday night. Political experts say the resolution is non-binding and symbolic, but could be brought to statewide GOP platform discussions in June.

The chairman of the committee could not be reached for comment.

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