by June Griffin
The legal collective, known as the ACLU, suffered a devastating defeat in Tennessee when the House of Representatives unanimously adopted HR 107. And while Tennessee is a little late in following her bold sister, Mississippi, who ORDERED the posting of the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and IN GOD WE TRUST in all their public buildings, yet now ninety-four of the members of the House of Representatives, two not voting, made a rousing statement to reflect the fact that the eighty-eight counties who concurred in the Ten Commandments Resolution represent the will of the majority of Tennessee. This is what we want, Tennessee said.
What have we here! While the Goliath so-called 'civil liberties' barristers beat their chest in their legal tyranny, a simple Tennessean, called of God to circuit the State addressing the County governing bodies, launches the Rock of Ages and the 'giant comes tumbling down.'
Ponder, dear oppressed and patriotic volunteers, the wording of HR 107, sponsored by Rep. Eric Watson. Ponder as well, you who proclaim 'civil liberties' yet deny the liberty of the good people of Tennessee, for it is written: "The triumphing of the wicked is short and the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment." "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption."
We at least ask you to be honest, and admit that you are Haters of Liberty and Barristers of Tyranny, that you have trampled on the common Volunteer and as was admitted by the head of the ACLU in the halls of the Legislature to one June Griffin, you do not hold to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Federal Bill of Rights, rather you chop in pieces its provisions, according to your particular whim. You will no longer steal the First Amendment while you ignore and destroy the others. It is all, or none.
Here then, for public cogitation and awakening, is HR 107.
A RESOLUTION urging Tennessee Counties to allow the Ten Commandments to be posted in their respective courthouses.
WHEREAS, in order to preserve domestic tranquility and protect the blessings of liberty, the foundation of any government must rest upon both law and morality, and
WHEREAS, the underpinnings of our system of government are rooted in a steadfast belief in Almighty God and the conviction that all morality, justice, and unalienable rights derive from his gracious hand, and
WHEREAS, most of the political theorists embraced by our Founding Fathers, from Locke to Blackstone, espoused the Natural Law Theory, and as John Quincy Adams explained: "The laws of nature and of nature's God...of course presupposes the existence of a God, the moral ruler of the universe, and a rule of right and wrong, or just and unjust, binding upon man, preceding all institutions of human society and of government," and
WHEREAS, the Founders desire to publicly acknowledge God as the source of America's strength and direction is reflected in many of our founding documents and practices, from the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence to the National Motto and Thanksgiving Day celebrations, and
WHEREAS, since our nation's birth, federal, state and local governing bodies have continued to invoke Divine guidance and celebrate the role religion has played in American life by issuing faith-based proclamations and opening each legislative session with prayer and supplication, a practice instituted by the First United States Congress and which has continued unbroken for more than two centuries, and
WHEREAS, throughout America's rich history, both the citizenry and their elected officials alike have deeply respected the Ten Commandments, its profound influence on the formation of American legal thought, and its fundamental place in the history of law and government as a whole; and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized the historical importance of these sacred texts and even upheld Sunday closing laws, which originated in the Fourth Commandment's exhortation to Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy, and
WHEREAS, countless depictions of Moses and the Ten Commandments can be found throughout our nation's Capitol as a testament to the Decalogue's undeniable role in our country's legal tradition, including the magnificent displays adorning the Supreme Court Building, the Library of Congress's Jefferson Building, the National Archives, the Department of Justice, the Ronald Reagan Building, the federal courthouse that is home to both the Court of Appeals and the District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Chamber of the United States House of Representatives, and
WHEREAS, eighty-eight Tennessee counties have already adopted resolutions acknowledging the historical significance of the Ten Commandments and pledging to defend their right to display them, and
WHEREAS, it is imperative that these revered tablets continue to grace our public buildings, as reminders to this generation and the next of the vital role the Ten Commandments and its Author have played in shaping our great republic, now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED SEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, that this body hereby urges all Tennessee counties to allow the Ten Commandments to be posted in their respective courthouses,
End of Resolution.
Well, may the Tennessee Mockingbird add this Provision: WHEREAS the Tennessee Court of Appeals has a replica of the Ten Commandments in its light fixture over the Judge's heads, let all Tennessee Counties copy this precedent and install such a light fixture in their County Courthouses, to emulate the high standard held up before our Tennessee judges."The light of the world is Jesus."