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Tennessee County Commissioners will consider petition to turn away God’s wrath

Tennessee County Commissioners will consider petition to turn away God’s wrath

An unusual agenda item appears before the Blount County, TN Board of Commissioners Agenda Committee meeting this evening. Tucked between a resolution on School Board members’ compensation and a letter from the State Treasurer’s office regarding the 2016 budget, New Business item no.7 reads

Resolution condemning judicial tyranny and petitioning God’s mercy. (Resolution No. 15-10-006) (Karen Miller)

The Huffington Post provides some background.

The “resolution condemning judicial tyranny and petitioning God’s mercy” was written by Blount County commissioner Karen Miller and will come up for consideration at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Miller’s resolution claims the “so help me God” part of the oath taken by lawmakers means they are committed not only to upholding the U.S. Constitution but also “higher Natural Law.”

As such, the resolution calls on lawmakers throughout the state “to protect Natural Marriage, from lawless court opinions, AND THE financial schemes of the enemies of righteousness wherever the source AND defend the Moral Standards of Tennessee.”

A local paper, the Daily Times, warns that the debate could be impassioned, as groups disappointed in Miller’s approach recruit members to attend the meeting and speak against the resolution.

Ginny West Case, a retired Christian educator in the United Methodist Church, said the God of Miller’s resolution doesn’t sound like the God she knows.

“That is not a primary characteristic of the God I know and love,” she said. “I’m tired of God being used as a battering ram. The Bible, over and over, tells us God is the God of love and grace and mercy.”…

Gwen Schablik of the Tennessee Equality Project is planning to attend the meeting to speak against the resolution. She said she is recruiting others to come as well and wear red to show their support for marriage equality.

“Being a resident of the county, it’s just shocking,” Schablik said. “… You just can’t pick one religious view and let it dictate marriage laws for everyone. In our county, there are same-sex couples, there are same-sex families. The law should protect them. It’s really said.” [sic]

The text of Resolution 15-10-006 provided by HuffPost Gay Voices concludes in dramatic language:

“WE adopt this Resolution before God that He pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient Children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us.

WE adopt this Resolution begging His favor in light of the fact that we have been forced to comply and recognize that the State of Tennessee, like so many other God-fearing States, MAY have fallen prey to a lawless judiciary in legalizing what God and the Bible expressly forbids.”

Commissioners will consider the resolution at the Agenda Committee meeting at 6:30 tonight, in the County Courthouse. Read the HuffPost story here, and the Daily Times here.

Photo: Blount County, Tennessee

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Marc Vance

As a Kentuckian, though, just remember that the folks being rejected for licenses were Kentuckians, the crowds gathered in support of them were Kentuckians, and the judge who sent Ms. Davis to jail was a Kentuckian. There's plenty of wacky stuff all over, not just from southern states - heck, just look at our Church!

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Paul Woodrum

I included my real name. There was no non-PG rated language and no personal attack. Must be you considered my parody of the Passover myth applied to Blount County to be disrespectful language. But to whom? Moses of Blount County?

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Paul Woodrum

Again I have been censored, this time for suggesting the Passover model for protecting Blount County. Guess Biblical imagery isn't respectful enough for the new crew at Café. Or is it just lack of a sense of irony?

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Jon White

Actually, I can assure you your previous comment wouldn't have been posted on the old site either, as the comments then were much more strongly moderated than they are now. But it did contain language not in accord with our policy. We don't moderate for content but we do for tone. Be respectful; the whole do unto others thing and all.

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Michelle Boomgaard

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion -" had to go and double-check, but it's still in the Constitution. If county legislators acting as priests and supplicants to their deity doesn't fly in the face of that, I don't know what does.
(Yes, I do realize that there is a difference between a county legislature and the federal Congress)

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Anne Bay

I can't believe what I'm reading here. The southern states seem to come up with the wildest stuff. Kim Davis and Mike Huckabee. Then this ridiculous Tennessee legislation. Then of course Pat Robertson and his touting that the flooding in Charleston is god's wrath because of the passing of same-sex marriage!!! Then Mississippi's and Louisiana's elimination of Planned Parenthood clinics that is the only source of women's health medical services in many areas(ie. regular women's health needs). And the southern states list just go on and on. It's too bad they have such a strange god.

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Jay Croft

Ayup. I lived in Alabama for 18 years and moved back to Maryland just last year.

Because of a "budget crisis" (which they've always had--nothing new) they have closed five state parks and 31 Probate Court offices, where one gets drivers' licenses, auto registrations and voter enrollment.

And yes, it has its share of crackpot politicians.

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