TN Republican Proposes Constitutional Amendment Saying Our Liberties Come “From Almighty God” April 7, 2017

TN Republican Proposes Constitutional Amendment Saying Our Liberties Come “From Almighty God”

Tennessee Republican State Rep. Micah Van Huss, who once wrote a bill to take $100,000 a year from the University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion in order to buy “In God We Trust” stickers, hasn’t gotten any more sensible over the past year.

His latest piece of legislation, HJR 37, is a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would say “We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God.”


It’s an amendment that makes no sense at all. As if countries without a Christian majority (hi, Sweden!) have no freedom, when the reality is that they arguably have way more than we do. Our liberties don’t come from the Bible any more than our laws come from the Ten Commandments. (The Declaration of Independence, which references the “Creator” giving us our rights, is not the Constitution.)

If our liberties came from God, then it’s a damn good thing abolitionists fought against slavery and Suffragettes fought for voting rights, since God chose not to grant them those liberties. And considering that God’s so-called liberties can be amended or repealed, there’s far more power in being a politician.

Van Huss’ proposed amendment was so poorly thought out that it didn’t get enough votes to advance through the Civil Justice Subcommittee, but the panel offered to reconsider it.

There’s a long road ahead for the amendment, too:

Amending the Tennessee constitution is a lengthy process. Proposed changes must pass by a majority during one two-year General Assembly, and then pass by at last two-thirds in the next, and then be approved by voters in a gubernatorial election year.

That sounds like a lot of obstacles… until you remember we’re talking about a Tennessee legislature that is dominated by Republicans. Don’t count on them to do the right thing and think about anyone other than themselves.

(via Joe. My. God.)

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