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USA Today

To Tennessee state Rep. Matthew Hill, his legislation authorizing local governments to display the Ten Commandments along with other historical documents is not about religion. It's about history.

Just look around his office, he said. There's an original Tennessee state flag. A framed copy of a David Crockett letter. A painting of historic Jonesborough, his hometown.

"We're not talking about holding a church service. We're not talking about having a Bible study at the courthouse," said Hill, a Republican. "What we're talking about is remembering who we are, where we came from and not being ashamed of that."

But not everyone agrees. The bill — HB 2658 — could put Tennessee once again at the center of the ongoing debate about whether it violates the U.S. Constitution to display the Ten Commandments on public property.

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