by Scott Arnold
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- For many the United Nations is about promoting world peace, but some Tennessee Republicans believe the U.N. could be behind a push to take away citizens property rights.
The debate began Thursday on the House floor. A black binder held by a state lawmaker gave details of a resolution created by the United Nations that some say "Is a step by step process that denies American citizens their property rights."
Others believe Agenda 21, as the resolution is called, even gets into population control.
"They want to cap the number of people that this planet can have, now that reminds me of China, China has a cap on their number of people,' said State Representative Glen Casada
These beliefs have lead Tennessee
Republicans to stand behind a resolution calling Agenda 21 a destructive and
"I didn't know what Agenda 21 was, I had never heard of it before," said Democrat Mike Turner.
As 33 Republicans stood behind the resolution, Democrats on the floor mocked their efforts. To them Agenda 21 is simply a resolution with no teeth and doesn't force anyone to do anything. Democrats claim the U-N is simply trying to fight poverty and starvation.
"Not only are these issues not destructive and insidious - they are what thinking and compassionate human beings care about for ourselves, each other, and for our world," said Rep. Jeanne Richardson
In the end the resolution condemning Agenda 21 passed the House Floor.
Republican lawmakers say it's all about sending a message that Tennessee doesn't approve of everything the United Nations stands for. The resolution house lawmakers passed is similar to the one the national GOP passed and they encouraged all their state Republican parties to follow suit.