Proposed Tennessee Amendment Declaring God as Source of Liberty Advances in Senate

NASHVILLE,  Tenn. — A proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would declare that men’s rights are not derived from the government, but from God, has advanced in the state Senate.

House Joint Resolution 37 was introduced by Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesboro, and simply reads, “[I]t is proposed that Article I of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section: We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God.”

The resolution passed the House last year and was cleared by a Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday with six yea votes and a single no vote.

“We’ve never lived in a time such as we do now. It is important that we give the citizens of Tennessee the opportunity to reaffirm that their liberties do not come from Donald Trump, Barack Obama, or the King of England. They come from God,” Van Huss said in a statement last May after the resolution passed the House 69-17.

If approved by the legislature this year, it will then have to clear both Houses by a two-thirds majority next year before it can be placed on the ballot for voters. The vote would be held during the next gubernatorial election year, which is 2022.

Columnist Dan Cabrese weighed in on the matter on Wednesday, noting that “rights don’t come from the state. The state only protects them.”

“[T]he Constitution implicitly acknowledges that it lacks the authority to either grant or take away your rights, because the power from which they came is higher than government. That power can only be God, and if you doubt that this is what the framers intended, all you have to do is read the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence—which many of the framers signed—to know who they believed was the giver of these rights,” he wrote.

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Cabrese said that it is “crucial that the state doesn’t pretend rights just are, but that in fact they come from a specific source, and that source is God.”

“Because if rights just are, then their source is nothing, and the state can overrule nothing any time it feels like it. But it can’t overrule God, because it’s already acknowledged His superiority,” he outlined.

The U.S. Declaration of Independence declares, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men…”

Romans 13 also outlines that government leaders “are God’s ministers” for good, and “are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.”


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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    if nothing else it will give the people of Tn the tool of a vote as their leaders declare what they believe ….. or do not ………

  • W2.718281828stl2.718281828y

    Just more selfish Christians trying to misuse the government to pee their god all over.

    • Jacob Waldmiller

      “selfish Christians”….
      Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
      Philippians 2:3-4

      “misuse the government”….
      Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
      Romans 13:1-2

      “pee their god all over”…..
      And into whatever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till you go there. And when you come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come on it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Truly I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
      Matthew 10:11-15

      • W2.718281828stl2.718281828y

        “selfish Christians”….

        Exactly. And if you can’t see that, you don’t care about religious freedom.

      • Raygun Mike

        You missed a few Bible quotes

        “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear.

        Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.” (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

        “If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not
        engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must
        marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be
        allowed to divorce her.” (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NAB)

        “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there
        is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been
        instituted by God. (Romans 13:1)

        These are also just a few of the rights we derived from God?

        I’ll pass, thank you.

        We gained our freedom through force of arms, it was not handed to us by a benevolent deity. We fought to rid or land of the right to own slaves, we fought on the home-front to free woman from being treated as property, and fought to be free of an unjust king. In short, we the people have been fighting against so called “God’s will” since the American Revolution. I find it strange that Rep. Micah Van Huss, a former Marine and NRA supporter, doesn’t understand this.

        • ppp777

          You are clearly a reprobate and should be ignored .

          • Raygun Mike

            Thanks for my word of the day.
            I haven’t heard the word “reprobate” in forever.

            For those not up on infrequently used words,
            a”reprobate” is
            that which is rejected on account of its own worthlessness. ppp777, I
            don’t know you and you don’t know me, but I would put my moral
            worthiness up against anyone’s.

            But back to the main issue, we are a country with citizens that have many beliefs. People that try to push their religious views over others are a danger to the unity and well being of our country. And frankly, they’re unpatriotic as it means they are willing to override the constitutional rights of others to forward their own agenda. Most rational people can see that. Remember our national motto is “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many One), not “One dictating to the many”.

            BTW In God we Trust came about during the civil war when a religious group got the government to put it on our coinage; it was added to paper money during the 1950s, also at the urging of religious groups. I prefer our real motto, one that unifies us instead of divides us.

          • ppp777

            It means you are rejected of God , you are clearly a God hating new world order citizen in a country that is clearly turning reprobate , you are in for a horrific future .

          • Raygun Mike

            I never said I hate God. That’s you’re interpretation.
            But I can tell you that I am not very fond of those of his followers that think they have the right to dictate to others how they should live.
            Its also kind of scary that you think you can speak for God.

            It’s my understanding that God gave us freewill. People like you feel that just because you have sincerely held beliefs, that you have the right to ignore and override the sincerely held beliefs of others. You also seam to think its OK to insult others who hold differing views. At least, that’s how this “reprobate” sees it.

            It is this type of thinking that has lead to so much bloodshed and misery throughout the world. And now you want to drag my country down the same slippery slope because you got “sincerely held beliefs”.
            Well so do I, and so do many others. I truly believe that If people like you succeed in taking us down this road, it will lead to an America we will no longer recognize. Which I guess is what you are after.

            Our constitution gives us the right to practice religion however we choose. This has allowed a multitude of religions to flourish here.
            Why would you try to destroy such a successful arrangement?
            Your thinking is both short sighted and dangerous, and in the end will give us the horrific future you mentioned.

            Last item – What’s with the New World Order comment?
            Like I said, you don’t know me, so its kind of a weird thing to say.
            Frankly it makes you sound like a paranoid conspiracy person.

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          ” We fought to rid or land of the right to own slaves, we fought on the home-front to free woman from being treated as property, and fought to be free of an unjust king. In short, we the people have been fighting against so called “God’s will” since the American Revolution.”

          there is no “american revolution” “outside of Gods will” ………. and you clearly do not understand that until Christ came women were treated as chattel by ALL societies except the Jewish people …… and you are still a slave ….. and remain one to this day ….. just because you have no chains on does not mean you are not ……. in fact you are more enslaved than any christian …………. under the Confederation of American States ….. the first american president was a black man ………..

          • ppp777

            In truth the Jews did not treat their women much better , they could be divorced for no good reason and their word had half the value of their men .

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            until Christ came …. and it was the witness of the women who brought news of His being risen and the empty tomb ………

          • ppp777

            Can’t you see the irony of that event ? , if the gospels were a lie then they would of mentioned men as the witnesses not women , because of the Jewish attitudes towards women , and the other disciples did not believe them [ and that was no surprise ] .

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            Christ chose who would be there …. Christ knew who would be there ……. and He knew what the reaction to their testimony would be ….. not irony ….. Sovereignty ……….

          • ppp777

            Calvinism again , oh boy where in scripture does it state Christ chose women to be there first , that is an assumption on your part .

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            do you want to know how you know that …… ummmmm ….. because they were there …… do you want to know why it is in scripture ….. because Christ WANTED it there ……….. do you want to know why you are where you are and that Christ put you there ….. because you are there ……….. do you want to know when where and why your parents had you when they did and where they did and how they did and why they did …… and that Christs hand is all over everything about your birth into sin and trespass and the hour minute and second of your salvation … because it happened that way ……….

            Ephesians
            we are PREDESTINATED BEFORE THE FOUNDATION of the world ……

            Revelation
            the LAMB that was slaughter BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD ………

            you were selected to be saved even BEFORE you were created …… you did not become a sheep …… YOU ALWAYS WERE A SHEEP ……….

            GOD has a plan of salvation ….. there is NO PLAN B ……. Gods PERFECT WILL does HIS WILL not OUR WILL ……….. God does not go “ppp777 made a different decision and now I have to fix it all just for that guy” …………. NOPE …….. it happens …. because GOD PREDESTINED it to happen ….. and you KNOW this ….. BECAUSE IT HAPPENED ……….

          • ppp777

            Im afraid what you said in the main is a doctrine of demons , I pity people like you .

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i pity you thinking your will is greater than Gods ….. When He is the one that created you ….. and you deny Him is just place ………… i guess we should be worshiping YOU ……….. BTW …. i see no biblical refutation ………..

          • ppp777

            You are clearly reprobate in the faith , and you are fully sure you are clever , you try to intimidate in your twisting of words , its very sad , you are fully sure in your own mind you are right , but most of the time you are clearly not , no human can get through to someone like you , maybe the holy sprit will , I hope so , I wish you well .

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            again …. i see no SCRIPTURE to support YOUR position ….. either in the SCRIPTURES …. or FROM YOU ………… put up …. or shut up ………..

          • ppp777

            I have given you scripture plenty of times , I am not , repeat not ] going to repeat my self to someone who is clearly reprobate in the faith which you clearly are .

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope ….. you have twisted scriptures to your desire to be in control of God and His will ……. and it was all a miserable FAIL …………..

          • ppp777

            Like I said , reprobate in the faith .

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            “Lord, I thank you I am not like those poor presumptuous Calvinists. Lord, I was born with a glorious free-will; I was born with power by which I can turn to you of myself. I have improved my grace. If everybody had done the same with their grace that I have–then they might all have been saved. Lord, I know You do not make us willing, if we are not willing ourselves. You give grace to everybody; some do not improve it, but I do. There are many who will go to Hell as much bought with the blood of Christ as I was; they had as much of the Holy Spirit given to them; they had as good a chance, and were as much blessed as I am. It was not Your grace that made us to differ; I know it did a great deal–still I turned the point! I made use of what was given to me, and others did not–that is the difference between me and them.”

            you must be proud ………..

  • Guzzman

    The United States of America did not exist before the U.S. Constitution was ratified and the Declaration of Independence is not our founding document. The Declaration of Independence was a press release, a political statement to King George III, head of a Christian monarchy, that the colonies were severing ties with his government. It did not bring about independence – that required defeating the British in a bloody war that dragged on for seven years after the signing of the Declaration. The Declaration did not create any law, it did not create a government, it did not found a country, or create any new rights.

    Jefferson’s reference to “the laws of nature” and “nature’s God” in the Declaration had nothing to do with Christianity. At the time, the references were plainly understood to be the deist god of Enlightenment philosophers such as Spinoza and Voltaire. Jefferson was highly skeptical of Christianity. He famously took a razor to his bible to remove all its supernatural claims. Jefferson rejected the virgin birth, the divinity of Jesus, and the trinity.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      “The United States of America did not exist before the U.S. Constitution was ratified. ”

      it surely did ….. under a CONFEDERATION of states …… and its first president was a black man ………….

      The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, the first
      constitution of the United States, on November 15, 1777. However, ratification of the Articles of Confederation by all thirteen states did not occur until March 1, 1781. The Articles created a loose confederation of sovereign states and a weak central government, leaving most of the power with the state governments. The need for a stronger Federal government soon became apparent and eventually led to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The present United States Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation on March 4, 1789.

      John Hanson (April 14 [O.S. April 3] 1721 – November 15, 1783) was a merchant and public official from Maryland during the era of the American Revolution. In 1779, Hanson was elected as a delegate to the Continental Congress after serving in a variety of roles for the Patriot cause in Maryland. He signed the Articles of Confederation in 1781 after Maryland finally joined the other states in ratifying them. In November 1781, he was elected as first President of the Continental Congress (sometimes styled President of the United States in Congress assembled), following ratification of the articles. For this reason, some of Hanson’s biographers have argued that he was actually the first holder of the office of president.[1]

      • Guzzman

        So then we agree that the Declaration of Independence did not found a country or a government. That is obvious from the very title, “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America” with “united” being lower case in the original. The pronouncement created no country, and winning freedom from the British Empire some years later merely resulted in 13 independent, free, sovereign states – PLURAL. Several independent, free, sovereign states with separate governments does not a country make. The Articles of Confederation described this conglomerate as “a firm league of friendship” of states. A guiding principle of the Articles was to preserve each state’s “independence, freedom, and sovereignty.” A treaty among independent, free, and sovereign states does not create a country.

        And as we all know, the league of friendship didn’t work out so well. The 13 states agreed to hold a Constitutional Convention in 1787 to fix this problem. Those meetings in Philadelphia effectively closed the history of a “league of friendship” between the independent, free, and sovereign states under the Articles of Confederation.

        The government of the United States did not come about until ratification of the Constitution. The preamble of the United States Constitution states “…establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” That’s the document that founded our country and the government of the United States that we recognize today. Note that the Constitution recognized that each state was free to join – or not join – the government to be formed by the Constitution. As provided in Article VII, the Constitution was established only when ratified by nine states and then only “between the states so ratifying the same.” In other words, each state was free to go its own way, and even if nine states ratified the Constitution, the others remained free to go their own way and not join the newly formed United States of America.

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          it is the founding document more than the constitution or the articles of confederation itself ………….. and it was a lower case “united” for a reason …. and it should be so today ….. and it only became all upper case after the US went bankrupt in 1913 and fell under international banker control and was turned into a false federal corporation under bankruptcy protection and it still is …… and those bankers who had been after control of the US from its inception …… and the US is still under banker control under the Federal Reserve Bank and other international banking syndicates and cabals ………..

  • james blue

    Why are they wasting time on things like this?

  • Garden of Love

    So glad they deleted the vulgar comments.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

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  • Bezukhov

    God as Source of Liberty?

    Really? If it was sooooo important that Christian have Liberty why did God take so long to grant it? No one can argue that for most of its history Christians were denied any sort of Liberty. In fact, they were treated no better than cattle.
    If you want to thank anyone for Liberty, thank a Baphomet worshiping Freemason.