Tennessee Bill to Make Bible State Book Advances in Legislature

RomansNASHVILLE — A proposed Tennessee bill to make the Bible the state book is advancing in the legislature despite opposition from church-state separation groups and questions from the state attorney general’s office.

As previously reported, Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) recently introduced HB 615 to amend the Tennessee Code to make the acknowledgment.

“The Holy Bible is hereby designated as the official state book,” it simply reads.

Tennessee has a number of adopted state symbols that have been approved by the state legislature, as the tomato was designated the state fruit by the General Assembly in 2003, the Eastern boxing turtle was designated the state reptile in 1995, and the square dance was agreed upon as being the state dance in 1980. Tennessee also has several state songs, such as the “Tennessee Waltz” and “Rocky Top,” the latter of which sings of a girl who was “half bear, other half cat; wild as a mink, but sweet as soda pop.”

But some have taken issue with the proposal, including the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State, led by Barry Lynn, who is purportedly an ordained United Church of Christ minister. Rob Boston with the organization wrote a blog post in February about the matter, stating that the holy text is a bad choice, and that secular material is preferable. He noted that similar bills have been proposed in Mississippi and Louisiana.

“[G]oing with the Bible slights the many authors who are either from these states or who have written about them in significant ways (or both),” Boston wrote. “We’re not sure who wrote the Bible—it was likely many different authors—but we can say with confidence that none of them lived in the South.”

“I doubt the Bible played a major role in how any of them became a part of the United States,” he said.

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State Attorney General Herbert Slatery has also requested a formal legal opinion on the bill, indicating that he may have questions surrounding the constitutionality of the measure.

“I just don’t feel like we’re serving any purposes,” said Rep. Robert Ramsey (R-Maryville), according to the Daily Times. “[It] is not going to save one soul or feed one child or give hope to one person. It’s just an effort to glorify the things of the world, and I just absolutely shiver at the thought of devaluing or diminishing the value of the Holy Bible in that matter, so I passed [on voting].”

But despite opposition, the State Government Committee advanced the measure on Wednesday by a 2 to 1 vote, sending the matter on for a full vote in the House of Representatives.

As previously reported, in 1983, then-President Ronald Reagan declared the year the national “Year of the Bible.”

“Many of our greatest national leaders—among them Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson—have recognized the influence of the Bible on our country’s development,” he stated. “The plainspoken Andrew Jackson referred to the Bible as no less than ‘the rock on which our Republic rests.’”

“Today our beloved America and, indeed, the world, is facing a decade of enormous challenge,” Reagan continued. “There could be no more fitting moment than now to reflect with gratitude, humility, and urgency upon the wisdom revealed to us in the writing that Abraham Lincoln called ‘the best gift God has ever given to man . . . But for [without] it we could not know right from wrong.”’


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  • thoughtsfromflorida

    Well, with the 5th highest divorce rate, 7th highest in percent of homes without fathers present, and 6th highest percent of children born out of wedlock, perhaps this will help.

  • FoJC_Forever

    If the purpose of a “state book” is to honor the influence of said book on society and government, then the Bible would be the “national book”. However, this also creeps close to being governmental Establishment of Religion. I don’t think it’s necessary to honor the Scriptures by declaring them a state or national book. The Scriptures – the written Word of God – are given by God for His Purposes, and they accomplish what He has sent them to do. This legislation just creates controversy.

    • scott

      Nowhere close to that FoJC.
      You see FoJC, God’s word never returns void.

      Isaiah 55:11New King James Version (NKJV)11
      So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
      It shall not return to Me void,

      But it shall accomplish what I please,
      And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

  • Richard

    This may be a way of committing the state to God’s authority.

    • weasel1886

      The stoning will take place immediately

    • Bill

      establishment clause. read it. learn it. live it

    • weasel1886

      So there will be a law that says no work will be done on the Sabbath, no other Gods or churches allowed, gays will be killed, etc

  • Rebus Caneebus

    Just more selfish Christians trying to misuse the government to promote their religion because non-Christians really don’t matter.

    • Oboehner

      Just like evolutionism, but that’s ok.

      • Bill

        because evolution is a legitimate science.

        • Oboehner

          You have faith, there is nothing more than that in evolutionism unless you have proof of it, which you don’t – just faith.

          • Bill
          • Clarpy

            No, you have faith. Evolution lacks the empirical evidence that science requires. So you have faith – and lots of it!

          • Bill

            evolution has empirical evidence just because you’re to stupid top acknowledge it doesn’t mean there isn’t any

            http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/search/topicbrowse2.php?topic_id=46

          • Clarpy

            “evolution has empirical evidence”
            Where is it?

          • Bill
          • Clarpy

            Give it to me. I’d like to see it (using empirical terminology) for myself … from you personally.

          • Raymond Whitham

            There are libraries full of evidence if you only look. Try a course in genetics, microbiology, or general biology. But then seek and ye shall find; don’t seek and ye shall not find.

          • Raymond Whitham

            No, actually, evolution has the empirical evidence that science requires. You being ignorant of the evidence doesn’t mean that the evidence doesn’t exist.

          • Clarpy

            “No, actually, evolution has the empirical evidence that science requires” What, pray tell, is it?

          • Raymond Whitham

            Disque is all screwed up. I can no longer logon in any browser (Safari, Chrome, or Firefox) with my Facebook or Google account. I have a Macbook Pro using Yosemite 10.10.3.

            Raymond G. Whitham, DrMéd, DrMédVét, MPH
            Communicable Disease Epidemiologist
            Physician in Training
            Returned Peace Corps Volunteer – Togo, West Africa, 2008 – 2010

            It matters not how strait the gate,
            How charged with punishments the scroll,
            I am the master of my fate;
            I am the captain of my soul.

            Ce n’est pas important si le chemin n’est pas droit,
            Si la route est chargée de punitions,
            Je suis le maître de mon destin;
            Je suis le capitaine de mon âme.

            From “Invictis” – by William Ernest Henley, 1849 – 1903

          • Clarpy

            “I am the master of my fate;
            I am the captain of my soul”
            Gosh! Quoted by Timothy McVeigh when he was executed.
            Is this what evolutionists do?

          • Raymond Whitham

            It’s a well known quote which William Ernest Henley wrote before he died in 1903. But considering the fact that you deny science, it doesn’t surprise me to see you didn’t notice that fact.
            The evidence for the truth in evolution is found in the study of evolutionary biology, fossils, and genetics. Genetics is the blue print of evolution at the molecular level. But then, I am sure that you will consider that as a conspiracy so I don’t expect you to understand anything.

          • Clarpy

            “It’s a well known quote which William Ernest Henley wrote before he died in 1903.”
            Yes, it’s well-known. But also used by Timothy McVeigh before he died in 2001.

            “But considering the fact that you deny science …”
            No one here denies it. In fact, we creationists *uphold *it! It’s empiricism is invaluable for it proves micro-evolution.

            “The evidence for the truth in evolution is found in the study of evolutionary biology, fossils, and genetics.”
            Rather than relying upon “someone, somewhere said so,” and referring me to some books, just give me *ONE* example of macro-evolution.

          • Raymond Whitham

            I am not responsible for someone repeating a well known quote. But I guess in your deluded mind there must be a connection.
            Of course you wouldn’t be impressed by educated people who work in science and their writings. They actually work and produce results. You wouldn’t know facts if you fell over one.
            Micro, macro evolution? You’re talking gibberish and trying desperately to appear knowledgeable.
            I will leave you with your delusions of significance in a conversation concerning anything with science.

          • Clarpy

            “You wouldn’t know facts if you fell over one.
            Micro, macro evolution?”
            You don’t even know the simplest of terms? Micro-eveolution = things like dogs being everything from Beagles to Great Danes to Chihuhuas, etc. But they are of the same “kind.” The same goes for cats, birds, etc. Macro-evolution = being one thing and “evolving” into another. Like a fish becoming a mammal, a chimp becoming a human, etc.
            Now since you can’t give even one example empirical evolution, you lose. .

          • Raymond Whitham

            “The same goes for cats, birds, etc. Macro-evolution = being one thing and “evolving” into another. Like a fish becoming a mammal, a chimp becoming a human, etc.”

            LOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL.

            Are you crazy?

            LOOOOOOOOOOOL.

            Only a moron would believe that!!!!!!!

            LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!

          • Clarpy

            “Only a moron would believe that!!!!!!!”
            Then we agree that evolution is nonsense.

          • Raymond Whitham

            LOOOOOOOOL!!!!! You made a perfect a@@ of yourself by proposing your misconception of evolution and now you try and pin it on evolution?
            Creationists have a set idea about creation and will do anything to conserve that idea, including making things up. You know NOTHING about evolution. Your idea of “macro-evolution” is a fantasy that creationists made up out of thin air. What you propose in NOT evolution; you propose a joke that evolutionists do NOT believe.
            Most people would quit while they’re ahead, but you continue to make a a@@ of yourself.
            LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!

          • Clarpy

            ” Your idea of “macro-evolution” is a fantasy that creationists made up out of thin air. What you propose in NOT evolution; you propose a joke that evolutionists do NOT believe. ”
            Then please, explain it to me.

          • Raymond Whitham

            OK, seriously now. The image that has traveled around the globe that supposedly represents the evolution of our species (gibbon, then different homonid species, then modern humans in a straight line) does NOT represent evolution at all – it’s false. That’s only a misrepresentation of evolution cooked up by an uninformed artist.
            Look at evolution as a tree with branches. The trunk represents a single species. When the trunk sprouts 2 branches, they represent 2 different species. A case in point is the ancestor of birds and reptiles. Both came from a single species but birds do not become reptiles or visa versa – they just evolved from a single species.
            Evolution has sprouted many species, not all live to create new species.There were many species of humanoid species – our species is the only one that survived.
            Like Pope Francis recently said = Evolution is alive – God is not a magician. The Vatican officially believes that the idea of God, the Bible, and evolution are not incompatible – they believe all 3. They believe God created the universe and evolution was the mechanism for life.

          • Clarpy

            “Look at evolution as a tree with branches. The trunk represents a single species. When the trunk sprouts 2 branches, they represent 2 different species. A case in point is the ancestor of birds and reptiles. Both came from a single species but birds do not become reptiles or visa versa – they just evolved from a single species. ”
            Do you have empirical proof of this?

          • Raymond Whitham

            Anatomical and histological evidence is in favor; genetics proves it.

          • Clarpy

            “Anatomical and histological evidence is in favor; genetics proves it.” So you can’t give me any emperical proof? Looks like this “evolution” of yours is based on faith. I mean, how does one go from being a one-celled amoeba to a full human being? Through faith. No empirical evidence here.

          • Raymond Whitham

            In order to start to understand the complexity of life you have to start by studying genetics. Genetics is not a one-paragraph deal. It’s basic courses and a lot of hard work to understand and investigate the art of scientific investigation.
            But that’s the problem with creationists. You believe in a magical being that creates things in an instant. There is nothing to understand or investigate – it just “happened”. Your world is a simple, self-imposed ignorance of the world around you. You believe that everybody must be so simple as to give you an explanation of life in a single comment.
            People who work in the various aspects of science understand that the world is a lot more complicated. It’s full of enigmas that are slowly coming into focus by hard work.
            You don’t want to know anything or take the time to understand. It’s so much easier to sit on you’re a@@ and expound on your ignorance.
            So I will leave you with your self-imposed ignorance to converse with your prostate while your head is in the vicinity.

          • Clarpy

            “In order to start to understand the complexity of life you have to start by studying genetics.”
            Has anyone observed genetic material “evolving” into something new?

          • Raymond Whitham

            Yes in bacteria. Genetic material is exchanged between different bacterial species all the time.
            Also, see this article on lizards: http://www.livescience.com/18276-lizards-show-evolution.html

          • Raymond Whitham

            “how does one go from being a one-celled amoeba to a full human being?”
            It doesn’t you moron!

          • Raymond Whitham

            The same genetic analysis process used to identify a parent or other relative or the culprit of a crime where DNA was found at the scene is used to identify related species.

          • Raymond Whitham

            I can’t control my laughter! I’m literally rolling on the floor with laughter!
            LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!

            You’re just too funny for words!

          • Oboehner

            You have a house of cards built on assumptions and speculation which completely ignore any explanation other than evolutionism. Take similarities among living organisms, that could be due to a common designer, I don’t know why they just don’t say “we exist, that’s proof of evolutionism”. Sorry, “facts” riddled with assumption, speculation, embellishment, and outright fraud aren’t really facts.

          • Raymond Whitham

            You don’t even have the cards to build your house. LOOOOOOL!!!!!

          • hockeydog

            Hell Yes!!

          • weasel1886

            I assume you do not believe in biology or medicine since those sciences are based on evolution

          • Oboehner

            If true that would explain the declining life expectancy. Anything not based on the observable, testable, and repeatable, is merely faith.

          • weasel1886

            In most of the world life expectancy is increasing.
            We have never seen an atom so I guess there is no such thing as atomic science

          • Oboehner

            Decreasing in the US and the UK the supposed “leaders” in healthcare.
            BTW evolutionism is not true by proxy, you can keep the “you don’t believe my religion is science, so you must not believe in gravity” shtick.

          • weasel1886

            I see no conflict between science and the Bible

          • Oboehner

            True science, not evolutionism. Evolutionism is in direct conflict, God created man in his image – not primordial ooze which he left to random chance.

          • weasel1886

            What does God look like?

          • Oboehner

            How is that relevant to proving your religion?

          • weasel1886

            You said God created us in his image. So what is his image?
            I’m not trying to prove anything just trying to find answers

          • Oboehner

            Man is in his image.

          • weasel1886

            White guy black guy big small thin fat what ?

          • Oboehner

            Brown hair, blonde hair, red shoes, black shoes, a man is a man.

          • Raymond Whitham

            So “1” must equal “2” because “2” equals “1”. LOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!

          • Raymond Whitham

            “God created man in his image”. That’s speculation. Where’s your proof?

          • Raymond Whitham

            Could you try to write that in proper English this time?

          • Raymond Whitham

            You really have no clue about laboratory data concerning microbiology, immunology, genetics which support evolution. You just vomit your ignorance.

      • Rebus Caneebus

        Evolution is science, but I can understand someone like yourself being against science.

        • Oboehner

          I never said I’m against science, evolutionism is not science – it’s speculation, assumption and faith.

          • Rebus Caneebus

            I never said I’m against science, evolutionism is not science – it’s speculation, assumption and faith.

            According to real scientists, like the National Academy of Sciences, it’s real science. See e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._coli_long-term_evolution_experiment

          • Oboehner

            Good for them, according to a large and growing number of scientists it is not.

            http://www.dissentfromdarwin.org/

          • Rebus Caneebus

            Creationist crank sites aren’t interested in science, and no, there’s no “revolt” against evolution by scientists.

          • Oboehner

            Evolutionism crank sites aren’t interested in science, and yes there is a growing number of scientists dissenting from the evolutionism religion.

          • Rebus Caneebus

            Evolutionism crank sites aren’t interested in science

            The crank sites aren’t, no. But real ones like the National Academy of Sciences are.

            yes there is a growing number of scientists dissenting from the evolutionism religion.

            Name three.

          • Oboehner
          • Rebus Caneebus

            Yeah, creationism crank sites like discovery.org

          • Raymond Whitham

            So says your prostate.

          • Raymond Whitham

            Why don’t you continue this stunningly ignorant conversation with your prostate while your head is in the neighborhood.

          • Tangent001
          • Oboehner

            Project Steve isn’t even as constructive as toilet paper.

          • Tangent001

            First off, science isn’t performed via petition. Second, the statement merely expresses skepticism for some elements of evolution, it is not an endorsement of Biblical Creationism.

          • Oboehner

            Science isn’t, evolutionism is.
            Why does Biblical Creationism have to come up? It is not relevant to the fact that evolutionism is a religion.

          • Raymond Whitham

            Your ignorance just keeps on giving. Now you are offering conspiracy lies and nonsense to “prove” your ignorant statements.

          • Oboehner

            “So says your prostate.” Crap like this is not worth my time.

          • Tangent001

            “Evolution is a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the
            biological sciences, and the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that all living things share a common ancestry.
            Although there are legitimate debates about the patterns and processes of evolution, there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its occurrence. It is scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically irresponsible for creationist pseudoscience, including but not limited to “intelligent design,” to be introduced into the science curricula of our nation’s public schools.” From NCSE’s ‘Project Steve’ statement.

          • Oboehner

            Zzzzzz..
            You know what they say about opinions. Speaking of pseudoscience: look a finch adapted (never mind that it reverted back when the need was gone) that’s proof we “evolved” from a rock 4.6 billion years ago!

          • Raymond Whitham

            LOL. You really don’t have any clue whatsoever concerning the scientific method or the meaning of the words speculation, assumption, or faith. You better quit while you’re ahead. Your ignorance is showing. LOL!

          • Oboehner

            *YAWN* the old “you don’t have a clue” answer, useful as you don’t have an answer, just religious belief. Boring.

        • none none

          Science is a knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: Darwin in all his efforts and studies never applied a factual system. All his efforts were essentially no more than simple observations. Evolutionism is speculation.

          • Rebus Caneebus

            All his efforts were essentially no more than simple observations. Evolutionism is speculation.

            The National Academy of Sciences disagrees with your amateur opinion. Also see any number of actual experiments, like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._coli_long-term_evolution_experiment

          • antiliberalcryptonite

            Science proves the Bile is true every day. Fact.

          • hockeydog

            Please submit your drug tests results. You are completely Wacked Out.

          • Rebus Caneebus

            Science proves the Bile is true every day. Fact.

            BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

            Also, love the typo. <pats head>

          • Tangent001

            It can’t spell ‘kryptonite’ either.

          • none none

            Actually it has been the science of archeology, that has proven and reproven the Biblical stories and phrases from the Holy Manuscripts. The first five books of the Old Testament are referred to as the Pentateuch, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These are commonly considered to have been written by Moses by the majority of Biblical Academia, est 1450 BCE. Those are closely to being the oldest known sources of written history of man other than the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

          • Raymond Whitham

            What stories and what proof? Be specific.

          • penny0314

            Actually, there are huge amounts of the Tenach that have NOT been proven by archeology. What is interesting are the entire chunks of the gospels which were taken virtually word-for-word from the ancient Egyptian mystery writings. Guess archeology has helped in spots.

          • weasel1886

            Just because the Bible is correct does mean evolution is false

          • Raymond Whitham

            Yes, the Vatican officially recognizes the Bible, God, and the theory of evolution as fact.

          • penny0314

            They have other beliefs that are strange, also. Try the Immaculate Conception as an example.

          • Raymond Whitham

            All the other births are un-immaculate. That’s why Christians have baptisms!

          • penny0314

            That’s magical thinking. There is no scriptural basis for such silliness anywhere in the Greek or the English translation. To consider that Jesus would take human form without the trappings is to denigrate him and his theoretical reaching out to us. Part and parcel of why I walked completely away from Christianity, ESPECIALLY Catholicism. Oh, and incidentally, a god who would send his/her creation to an eternal damnation is NOT a God of love, at least not in any way that makes ANY sense!

          • penny0314

            There’s no proof in many areas that the Bible is correct. The Romans were extremely meticulous in their record-keeping, yet there’s no record of a crucifixion of a Jesus.

          • penny0314

            That is not only NOT true, it’s silly in the extreme.

          • none none

            As Laboratory engineer for over 16 years (now retired) I am fully aware of the need for testing and the study of data derived from tests. That is a the basic premise of any scientific study. With out the study of relevant tests any type of systemic observation is nothing more than that, an observation. Regardless of what some one wrote in a online Wiki-blog.

          • Rebus Caneebus

            As Laboratory engineer for over 16 years (now retired) I am fully aware of the need for testing and the study of data derived from tests. That is a the basic premise of any scientific study. With out the study of relevant tests any type of systemic observation is nothing more than that, an observation. Regardless of what some one wrote in a online Wiki-blog.

            I see you didn’t even check out the link. No, it isn’t someone’s wiki-blog, but since you are dead-set on staying ignorant of actual science, that’s your problem.

          • Raymond Whitham

            As a laboratory engineer you don’t seem to grasp the scientific method at all. You apparently have no clue about the science of genetics or the facts concerning evolution.

          • glennsbuttbuddy

            Then you should just keep right on using the antibiotics from the 1940’s. It’s not as if germs have evolved since then.

          • weasel1886

            Evolution is fact

          • roald

            Evolution has progressed far beyond Darwin. Speculation based on evidence is far closer to science than the pure faith needed to accept creationism.

          • Raymond Whitham

            No, speculation is just an idea someone has without need for any evidence. The theory of evolution is not based on speculation; it is based on physical evidence and facts that are verifiable. By definition, the word theory in science is a hypothesis based on facts. An idea that is not based on facts cannot be called a theory in science. The physical evidence includes fossils and genetics. The basics of genetics and laboratory studies have shown that evolution is happening now and we, as well as other species, are currently evolving.

          • Sidney Vicious

            religion isn’t speculation its a proven…here is the evidence….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt-qYDb7UcI

      • glennsbuttbuddy

        Hahahahaha!

        “Evolutionism”

        • Oboehner

          It is hilarious isn’t it? We somehow “evolved” from a rock 4.6 billion years ago, LOL.

          • glennsbuttbuddy

            If that’s what you think evolution means, it’s no wonder you spout that nonsense.

          • Oboehner

            I don’t spout evolutionism, no nonsense here.

  • Psygn

    Let the courts deal with it.

    • roald

      Just what the taxpayers of TN need, more money wasted on a lost cause, done simply to gin up outrage and votes.

  • robertzaccour

    The more Biblical influence we have the better. We need it in this dying world.

  • Jennifer Hollyfield

    This is so awesome we need the Bible as our state book in Texas.

    • Bill

      read the first amendment no branch of government can favor one religion over another.

      • weasel1886

        Are you celebrating this very pagan Easter holiday?

        • Bill

          if by celebrate you mean gorging on dark chocolate then yes.

          • weasel1886

            Sounds good to me.

        • Clarpy

          And it IS pagan.

    • weasel1886

      So Texans can kill sinners

  • Bill

    and slapped down by the courts in 3. 2. 1.

  • Bolvon72

    The bible belt needs to tighten up.

  • antiliberalcryptonite

    The Bible scares the k®åp out of liberals. They fear that it is true. They will find out one day and then there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. They could have avoided that time so easily, but CHOSE not to.

    • weasel1886

      The Bible and Jesus were liberal. Denouncing violence, sharing, helping the poor, protecting the innocent. All traits that modern conservatives hate

  • Joshua Cross

    ALL OF YOU THAT WISH TO SEE THIS LAW PASS, DISRESPECT GOD!! THE VERY IDEA OF FORCING GOD INTO AN UNHOLY PLACE SUCH AS THE LAWS OF MAN IS MORE SHAMEFUL THEN ANYTHING I HAVE EVER HEARD! THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE FAITH SHOULD STAND UP AGAINST THIS ARBITRARY SLIGHT AGAINST GOD THAT IS SO OBVIOUSLY A VOTE CATCHING GIMMICK! GOD HAS NO PLACE IN THE EVILS THAT IS POLITICS! THE DEFINITION OF HOLY IS TO CONCERN YOURSELF WITH ONLY GODLY THINGS! I CAN THINK OF NOTHING LESS GODLY THAN THE LAWS OF MAN!

  • glennsbuttbuddy

    The best part? The two men putting forth the proposal are ministers, and it’s illegal under Tennessee law for ministers to sit in the legislature.

    http://www.tncrimlaw.com/law/constit/IX.html#2

  • Kachina

    It is sad we have to see drastic measures like this take place in America but since the surge of Muslims that want to incorporate their beliefs and laws we have to. No matter what people…Christians may not be perfect and we can find fault with the Church of today and Christians but I will forever stand by the True Message of Jesus above the pagan Moon God of the Muslims that has brought so much death and destruction to their own countries and worldwide. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
    1 Peter 5:8

    • weasel1886

      Wow I go weeks without seeing one Muslim and there are 1 maybe 2 elected Muslims.
      Doesn’t sound like much of a take over.
      Tennessee has one of the highest murder rates, is that what you are trying to protect?

      • Kachina

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFO1AtjoUoo Again, Ignorance is not bliss and I suggest you research your subjects prior to commenting on them for it only shows how little you know.

        • weasel1886

          Just because this chick has an opinion doesn’t mean it is fact.
          Your insults are not needed.

    • roald

      The god of Islam is the god of Moses and Jesus. There is no attempt on the part of Muslims to incorporate their beliefs into US law. That would be unconstitutional. You are merely generating or reacting to hate and fear, created by people to retain power.

      • Kachina

        You are as IGNORANT as a donkey if you believe the God of Abraham, ISAAC, JACOB, MOSES AND JESUS IS THE SAME AS the God of Islam and your lies and deceit cannot WIN over the truth! If you have any intelligence I would strongly advise you to research the history of Muhammad, Islam, Qur’an, The Hadith and Sharia laws to learn the truth. If you are truly ignorant of the truth then seek it and ye shall find it otherwise if you are a DEMON SPIRIT spreading lies be gone with you. The God of Islam is an Ancient Pagan Moon God adopted by Muhammad as much of your Qur’an has adopted and incorporated Jewish teachings! Muslims worldwide are on a mission for World Domination and to replace every existing law with their own laws that have destroyed their own people and counties and now attempts to destroy ours. Muhammad was a very sick man that sought fame and fortune. He wanted desperately to be looked upon as a Prophet like Jesus and when the Jews and Christians of that time period saw he was a Fake and Fraud they rejected him so he used his people to murder in revenge for their rejection of him and that hatred lives on through Muslims worldwide, today. Until Muslims learn the truth there will be NO PEACE ON EARTH! Islam is a false religion and no amount of propaganda will bring Islam into the hearts of humanity because it is evil and man made. Jesus, Yeshua, is our only Savior…there is no other~ Best you learn this before death comes for you because there are no 72 virgins waiting for you on the other side… Just Lucifer your father!

        • roald

          What would Jesus say about you insulting a fellow human?

          Believe what you want, Muslims believe it is the same god.

          I can’t tell if you are one of those trying to gain power through hate and fear or one of the people ceding power.

          • Kachina

            roald, that is what makes you and yours so innocently naive and ignorant. You know very little about your religion. Only what you were taught to believe by Man.. Your kind worship an ancient pagan Moon God from the 600 AD period. Research the facts for yourself..and then dig for deeper truth on every aspect of your religion.

          • roald

            How do you know what religion, if any, that I follow?

            If you are open to learning, here are scholarly reviews of Robert Morley’s flawed analysis.

            http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Quran/Sources/Allah/moongod.html

            http://www.answering-islam.org/Responses/Saifullah/moonotheism.htm

            We are, however, getting off track. Making a religious tome into the state book is favoring one religion over another or none, which is unconstitutional. Doing so will result in a lawsuit which will cost the state a lot of money that could be better used elsewhere. Jesus was not in favor of public displays of piety.
            Matthew 6:5

  • Kachina

    How can any of you deny there is a God is beyond me. God is the perfect Scientist… but this is not what this article is about. Tennessee has bravely gone before God and made herself clear…Our State is a Christian state and it does not matter how many Muslims you dump in our state we will NOT bow down to Allah an ancient Moon God or your Qur’an, or Your Hadith or Your Sharia Laws… IF you kept up with the news you would see the Power of ISLAM spreading across America like a cancer. State Politicians know this and they understand the enormity of it changing our country into a Middle Eastern Islamic Culture. Please Please watch this video in its entirety to understand what we are facing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFO1AtjoUoo Now, I love science but I love God, more. The two combined can help us learn about God and ourselves and how to become better human beings. Science is defined as “the observation,
    identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical
    explanation of phenomena.” Science is a method that mankind can use to
    gain a greater understanding of the natural universe. It is a search for
    knowledge through observation. Advances in science demonstrate the
    reach of human logic and imagination. However, a Christian’s belief in
    science should never be like our belief in God. A Christian can have
    faith in God and respect for science, as long as we remember which is
    perfect and which is not.

    Our belief in God is a belief of faith. We have faith in His Son for
    salvation, faith in His Word for instruction, and faith in His Holy
    Spirit for guidance.

    • roald

      You are entitled to your beliefs. You are not entitled to force them upon anyone else. That was the desire of the founders. Don’t like it, form your own theocracy somewhere else.

      • Kachina

        Roald, I respect your opinion but you are a fool in a blind man’s world. I see you know or understand little of the Holy Bible or Jesus…Until you do you have no business speaking of matters you know nothing about. It only makes you look like a Fool.

        • roald

          You do not respect my opinion. If you did you would not insult me.

          You have no idea how much I do or do not understand your holy books or your religion’s purported founder.

          Given that we do not live in a theocracy, you are not allowed to use your religious beliefs as the basis of our laws.

  • Kachina

    WTG Tennessee…Don’t back down under pressure! We stand with you!

  • http://twitter.com/CathyCC2 CeeCee

    Which buybull? Not the King James? He was a homosexual…gasp

  • Sidney Vicious

    the history of religion explained in 26 minutes…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt-qYDb7UcI

  • penny0314

    We’re back to the first amendment. Using the Bible to bash non-Christians (which is what the legislature is doing) dishonors the Bible, Christians and non-Christians alike, and makes a mockery of a country founded and grounded on freedom of religion.