A petition launched by a historic church in Kenner, Louisiana, seeking to end that city’s ban on the use of tax dollars to purchase Nike products by local recreational facilities, is amassing support online as residents and New Orleans Saints players joined in public protests.
“My decision is only to protect taxpayer dollars from being used in a political campaign. Some have asked if people will be allowed to wear Nike apparel on city playgrounds. The answer to that is … of course,” a statement from Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn said Monday about his controversial policy that was made public last weekend.
“My internal memo draws the line on letting companies profit from taxpayers by espousing political beliefs. My decision disallowing Nike from profiting from our taxpayers while they are using their powerful voice as a political tool is my message. This government will not let taxpayer dollars be used to promote a company’s or individual’s political position, platform or principle. That’s my position as a matter of fairness to all,” he added.
In a Sept. 5 memo to Kenner’s Recreation Director Chad Pitfield, Zahn demanded that the city recreation department and any booster clubs operating at its facilities no longer purchase or accept delivery of Nike athletic products or any apparel that features the company’s logo, The Times-Picayune reported.
Thomas United Methodist Church, which has been in Kenner for 135 years, has responded to the ban with a petition calling on Zahn to end the controversial policy. The petition had amassed more than 1,000 of the 1,500 signatures they were seeking as of Wednesday morning.
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Source: Christian Post