The Daily Times of Maryville, Tennessee, located in Blount County, has this headline: ‘Wrath’ resolution tests commission’s faith in democracy. They have a comments feature, but you’ll need to register to use it. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us:
Readers of The Daily Times certainly don’t want or need to be told in this space what religious beliefs to hold. Or whether to believe in any religion, for that matter. Belief is a matter of faith. It certainly is not a matter for a newspaper to advocate.
Is it a matter for government? At a meeting of the Blount County Board of Commissioner’s Agenda Committee, starting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the courthouse, commissioners are scheduled to consider just that.
What in the world is going on there? We’re told:
Commissioner Karen Miller, in the form of Resolution No 15-10-006, proposes “condemning judicial tyranny and petitioning God’s mercy.” The resolution is a reaction to the June 26 opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the nation.
Lordy, lordy. This humble blog has enough to worry about, so we don’t discuss that kind of marriage here, but a proposed resolution petitioning God’s mercy looks interesting. Let’s read on:
Miller’s resolution, after eight paragraphs beginning with “Whereas,” gets to the essence: “Whereas, we are forced beyond our wishes to comply with what is clearly against our conscience, and violates what the Bill of Rights, both state and federal, give us the right to do … [elipsis in the newspaper]
“With a firm reliance upon the providence of Almighty God we the Blount County Legislature call upon all of the officers of the state of Tennessee, the governor, the attorney general, and the members of the Tennessee Legislature, to join us, and utilize all authority within their power to protect natural marriage, from lawless court opinions, and the financial schemes of the enemies of righteousness wherever the source and defend the moral standards of Tennessee.
“We adopt this resolution before God that He pass us by in His coming wrath and not destroy our county as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us.”
Wow! After a few quotes from the Founding Fathers about separation of church and state, the news story concludes with this:
It will be interesting to see how the County Commission answers that question.
Interesting indeed! We eagerly await the results. Meanwhile, as our title suggests, we invite your speculation as to whether the good folks of Blount County are creationists. If so, then the County Commission will know what to do. And then, perhaps they’ll be spared the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.
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