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Tennessee Lawmaker's Bill Says Liberties Come From God

Tennessee Republican state Rep. Micah Van Huss wants the government to say that liberties do not come from the government, but rather from God.

Van Huss is sponsoring a bill that would amend the Tennessee Constitution to say: "We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from almighty God," notes The Associated Press.

Tennessee's House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted on April 5 to advance the amendment, even though the subcommittee voted it down in March.

Changing the state constitution requires that an amendment be voted through by a majority of the General Assembly, two-thirds of the assembly the next year and by voters during an election year that includes a race for governor.

In March 2016, Van Huss wrote a bill that would have cut $100,000 per year from the University of Tennessee for three years to pay for "In God We Trust" decals to be placed on law enforcement vehicles, reported the Knoxville News Sentinel.

That bill also would have also banned the University of Tennessee from using state money "to promote the use of gender-neutral pronouns, Sex Week or to promote or demote a religious holiday."

Van Huss said that his main beef was with the University of Tennessee's Office for Diversity and Inclusion:

The University of Tennessee and specifically the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in my mind and my research, has a history of repeat offenses. … Personally I don't trust the University of Tennessee to fix the problem on their own.

According to Van Huss' website, he graduated from Pensacola Christian College in Florida, which has some strict rules in its code of conduct:

The Bible indicates that all sexual activity outside of marriage is sin. Therefore, the following is considered to be sexually immoral: fornication, adultery, homosexual behavior, or any other sexual perversion. Also, any involvement in pornography or sexual communications, including verbal, written, or electronic, are prohibited...

The seductive nature and worldly music of most forms of dancing are contrary to biblical principles. PCC wants students to have a wholesome relationship with members of the opposite gender without the temptations that are often associated with dancing, so dancing is not permitted...

Christians are called to be good stewards of that which God has given. Gambling is rooted in greed and materialism and against the principles found in the Word of God. Therefore, students should not participate in any form of gambling. Using playing cards generally associated with gambling should be avoided, and visiting casinos can cause one’s testimony to be tarnished.

Sources: The Associated Press via WBBJ, Knoxville News Sentinel,  Pensacola Christian College, / Photo credit: Robert Kilmarx/Facebook

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