Tennessee Lawmaker Wants To Amend Constitution To Say Liberties Come From God

| by Tony Tran
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A Tennessee State Representative has proposed a bill to amend the state constitution so that it says their liberties come from “God, Our Creator and Savior.”

The move is coming from State Rep. James VanHuss who has proposed resolution HJR0071 which reads, “Proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Tennessee recognizing that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God, our Creator and Savior.”

The Republican lawmaker is no stranger to more offbeat resolutions, having once proposed the Barrett Model 82A1 rifle as the official state firearm of Tennessee.

This all comes at the heels of another Rep. Jerry Sexton proposing legislation that would make the Holy Bible the state book.

All of this will have to first reconcile with the Tennessee Constitution which states “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.”

Tennessee recently had four cities among the top 30 “Most Bible-Minded Cities,” according to the Tennessean. This means that the respondents to the survey frequently read and studied the Bible.

The southern state has many state symbols including the tomato as the state fruit, the tulip poplar as the state tree, and the square dance as the state folk dance.

Source: Patheos, The Tennessean Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Patheos