Tenn. GOP lawmaker wants to establish the authority of God in state constitution
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A Republican lawmaking in Tennessee has introduced legislation that would add references to God and "our Savior" to the state's constitution.


House Joint Resolution 71, proposed by state Rep. James VanHuss (R-Jonesborough), would add the language, "We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God, our Creator and Savior" to Article I of the Constitution of Tennessee.

The Tennessean included the legislation in its list of "bizarre" new bills. "That reference to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness in the U.S. Constitution isn't enough for" VanHuss, the paper joked.

The new language could clash with Article I, Section 3 of the Tennessee constitution, which declares “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.”

Another Tennessee lawmaker, state Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station), has proposed legislation that would designate the Holy Bible as the official state book of Tennessee.