From whence do our liberties derive? Are they from the whims of man, of whoever has the power to grant or deny them at any given moment in history, or are they from an almighty, unchangeable force?
It’s an important philosophical question, because if the answer is the latter, any attempts to deny humans their God-given liberties are by definition anti-God and worthy of opposition by decent-minded people.
On Tuesday, the Tennessee legislature lent their voice to the concept of liberty for all under God by passing HJR037 by an overwhelming 69-17 vote. The bill amends the Tennessee Constitution with the following simple but impactful statement:
“We recognize that our Liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God.”
Representative Micah Van Huss (R-Gray), who sponsored the bill in the House, called it “an important step in reaffirming a founding principle of our nation and expressly stating this principle in the Tennessee Constitution.”
“I am honored to be able to carry this legislation that will give the citizens of this state the opportunity to amend their State Constitution in this way,” Van Huss said in a statement. “Last month, we passed a bill giving words their natural meaning. 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.”
Amending the Tennessee Constitution is a long and arduous process. The Resolution will go to the Senate for a vote next year. Then, it must be passed by the Houses again during the 111th General Assembly (2019-2020). Finally, the citizens of Tennessee would vote on whether to adopt the resolution in the 2022 General Election.
As for the chances of the bill’s final passage, Van Huss told BizPac Review that he is optimistic. Regardless, his ultimate goal of giving “the people of Tennessee the opportunity to voice their opinion on the topic” will have been met however the vote comes down in 2022.
To the critics who say our liberties come from man, Van Huss draws an important distinction:
“We have liberties that come from God and we have “liberties” that come from the U.S. government (abortion being a prime example). If the citizens of Tennessee see fit to put this into our constitution, then maybe politicians will be reminded of how Tennesseans think before we cast our votes,” Van Huss told BizPac Review.
Critics, and there are plenty, might be reminded that the civilizations that have produced the most liberty over human history have been the ones based on Christianity. As Noah Webster once said: “The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles…This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free Constitutions of Government.”
Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of BizPac Review.
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