Target: Tennessee State Representative James Van Huss
Goal: Don’t amend Constitution to include references to Christian God.
The Bible’s God could soon be highlighted as the source of all Tennesseans’ rights and privileges as citizens of the state if legislation introduced by State Representative James Van Huss becomes law. This would constitute a blatant violation of Americans’ freedom of religion. Demand that Representative Van Huss abandon his misguided legislation at once.
Specifically, Representative Van Huss’ bill would amend Tennessee’s constitution to include the statement, “We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God, our Creator and Savior.” This language undermines the sovereignty of the United States government in deference to the rule of a specific religion’s God.
This is especially concerning because such language could in theory be used as a basis from which to disregard federal law that is interpreted to defy Christian doctrine. In the tense political climate the United States is currently experiencing, with such controversy over same-sex marriage and other issues split down a conservative/liberal divide, that presents a very real danger. As such, this proposal is at best inappropriate, and at worst dangerous.
The United States enforces the separation of church and state for a reason, and this legislation knowingly flouts it. Sign the petition below to demand that Representative Van Huss rescind his proposal from consideration so that it can never become law.
Dear Representative Van Huss,
I am writing you today regarding your House Joint Resolution 71. This proposal is in defiance of the separation of church and state and Americans’ right to freedom of religion, and as such should be abandoned at once.
Your state’s constitution already includes the language, “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.” Additionally, the Establishment Clause included in our federal Constitution bars governments from establishing a state religion or forbidding people from practicing their own religion. That Resolution 71 undermines these protections should be obvious. By introducing blatantly Christian language into Tennessee’s constitution, you establish Christianity as the state’s official religion. Every person in Tennessee who is not Christian will, consequently, be living under a system of legalized oppression.
Tennesseans should not be forced to live under a government that places one religion on a pedestal above all others. I demand that you rescind House Joint Resolution 71 from consideration so that it never has the chance to become law.
[Your Name Here]
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