Tennessee Republicans are calling for the rejection of a United Nations agenda on the environment and poverty.
The resolution, which "recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21," was approved 72-23 in the House on Thursday.
"I could go on for hours about the nice face that Agenda 21 has, but if you drill down deep in there, it is insidious and it should scare you if you love freedom," said State Rep. Glen Casada, R-College Grove.
State Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, says the resolution is similar to one that the national GOP passed and "encouraged all their state Republican parties to follow suit."
"We're all about conservation, we're all about protecting the environment, we're not about losing our liberty," Brooks said. "If this threat is there, which we believe it is, we don't want it to come in our borders."
Brooks said the agenda is a veiled attempt to take away property rights.
But Democrats ridiculed the Republican resolution and called it fear-mongering.
Said Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville: "I don't remember the United Nations ever imposing anything on us."
Online: Read HJR587 at http://capitol.tn.gov.
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