religion & politics

Diane Black walks railroad track, talks God and family in latest TV ad

Press release from Diane Black campaign

Nashville, Tenn. – Today, Diane Black released her new TV ad, “Tracks,” which focuses on her parents, her upbringing and her faith in God.

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TN Court of Appeals rejects lawsuit brought by same-sex marriage opponents

The state Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by opponents of same-sex marriage with David Fowler, a former state senator and current chairman of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, acting as attorney for the plaintiffs.

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Bill Lee TV ad quotes Jesus — ‘Love the Lord… love your neighbor’

 

 

Press release from Bill Lee campaign

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee released a new statewide television ad entitled, “Serve.” The ad is the second of his campaign, and is the first in a series of ads planned for the coming weeks.

Ad Script:

“Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord – but the second one is like it – love your neighbor.

And that means that we’re called to serve.

Now only He knows how imperfectly I’ve done that, but I do try to serve my family, my neighbors and twelve hundred employees every day.

As governor, you have my word – I’ll work to serve your family the very same way.”

 

 

Haslam advice to college grads: ‘Remain calm and be faithful to the Lord… do not panic’

In a commencement speech at Baptist-affiliated Carson Newman University, Presbyterian Gov. Bill Haslam offered some Christian-oriented advice, reports the Morristown Citizen Tribune.

“Just like you, I will be leaving my place of residence (Governor’s Mansion) and my area of work for the past 8 years,” said Haslam. “You also will be leaving your dorm rooms and academics. However, do not be afraid, and stay faithful to your Lord.”

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Two proposed TN constitutional amendments die in windup House-Senate squabbling

Two proposed amendments to the Tennessee state Constitution were caught up in the final round of House-versus-Senate maneuvering Wednesday and both died with adjournment. One would have declared that “Almighty God” is the source of all liberty; the other would have laid out procedures for temporarily replacing a governor when he or she becomes incapacitated.

The upshot is that none of dozen or so state constitutional amendments proposed during the 110th General Assembly were approved. (A listing on the legislative website is HERE.)

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With Haslam signature, legal Sunday booze sales can begin this weekend

Gov. Bill  Haslam today signed into law legislation that authorizes Sunday sales of liquor and wine, according to his communications department. The bill (HB1540) says that, insofar as liquor stores go, it takes effect “upon becoming law” – meaning when governor signs it.

Thus, Tennessee liquor stores could legally be open on this Sunday if the operators wish – or have time to prepare. But the bill also declares the effective date for grocery stores and supermarkets that sell wine only is Jan. 1, 2019. The first Sunday after that date is Jan. 6, 2019.

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House approves Sunday sales of liquor and wine, 55-35

Rep. Gerald McCormick (R-Chattnooga), center, speaks with Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Buchanan), right, after a House vote on Sunday wine sales. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The House voted 55-35 Monday evening to authorize sale of bottled liquor and wine on Sundays, sending the bill to the Senate where a vote is scheduled Wednesday.

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Mandate for display of ‘In God We Trust’ in TN schools sent to governor

On an 81-8 vote and with little debate, the House gave final approval Monday evening to legislation that requires the words “In God we trust” to be prominently displayed in all kindergarten-through-12th grade Tennessee schools.

The “National Motto in the Classroom Act” (SB2661) was approved earlier by the Senate without any debate as a part of a “consent calendar” of non-controversial bills and resolutions. It now goes to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature.

On the House floor, Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) proposed an amendment that would have required schools to also display “the traditional national motto of the United States, ‘E Pluribus Unum’ (Latin for out or many, on) along with “In God We Trust.”  But he withdrew it without any discussion after being told by the House clerk that he had filed the amendment too late for normal consideration on the floor.

The bill was sponsored in the House by Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Old Hickory), who briefly described the measure, declaring it appropriate that “a cornerstone of our freedom” be part of children’s schooling. The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Paul Bailey (R-Sparta).

Note: Previous post HERE.

Sheriff sees ‘dirty politics’ in PAC complaints over prisoners’ trip to church

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson held a news conference Thursday to denounce as “dirty politics” claims by a political action committee that he put the public in danger by taking nine state prisoners to a church in civilian clothes, apparently unguarded, reports the Times Free Press. 

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Christian conservative leader has legislators scuttle bill banning child marriage

A bill aimed at banning “child brides” in Tennessee is dead for the year after a former state senator and conservative activist asked it be delayed for fear it might interfere with his legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage, reports the Times Free Press.

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