The state's fortunes "are tied to its spiritual faith," said one lawmaker defending the bill
How is this any different than a street gang spraying graffiti tags on buildings to claim them as their turf? It's just Republicans peeing on things to claim them as their own again.
Yeah, the state's fortunes are tied to its spiritual faith... the more faith it has, the worse its fortunes will be.
Congratulations, Tennessee. You just dismissed and/or rendered second-class citizenship to any and all Tennesseans who are ambivalent about religion, are apatheists, agnostics, or are flat-out ATHEISTS. I should mention, too, whether you care to recognize them or not, there are likely more than a few in the Volunteer State. The numbers of the nones countrywide in the US is bordering on 30%, and THOSE numbers are INCREASING, while the count of believers are DROPPING.
And even if that weren't the case, any expression of god, supported by taxpayer dollars, should be deemed improper, since the United States is a SECULAR country, where no one religion is favored over another and ALL believers (and those who do not subscribe to any belief system) should be treated EQUALLY. This attempt to incorporate a religious phrase into your state seal tells me that you never got that memo. No worries, though. I'm sure a Tennessee citizen will remind you of it, and very likely have the Freedom From Religion Foundation backstopping that reminder.
You would do well to listen.
I suppose these kinds of politician in these kinds of state must do something other than spend every waking moment trying to inject god into people’s lives, but it’s often difficult to see where that might be. I’d just say to them grow up and do what you were actually elected to do, and which doesn’t involve putting superstitious words into every space they can find.
Tennessee: a utopian society where state republicans have eliminated poverty, illiteracy, teen pregnancy, disease, environmental degradation and all other problems and can now focus on the important things like putting slogans about their imaginary friend on a sky cloth to worship.
Yet another solution in search of a problem. Things like this are ever so much easier than actual governance. Conservative Christians can never stop trying to mark their territory in what is supposed to be secular government.
Slap "God" on it and "own the libs".... we're heading further into theocracy.
"In God we trust" (All others pay cash)
Lunatic Republicans could show their patriotism better by showing some care for their fellow citizens, not with some flashy motto that is meaningless. Why don't they trust in the Buddha? Or Satan? Or...yada, yada, yada. Religion is the great polarizer in politics, exploited and exacerbated by faithless politicians with an agenda.
My home state of Mississippi put "In God We Trust" on their seal a few years ago. It's why they are now #1 in everything!
A state's fortunes are tied to its spiritual faith?
Is that why Tennessee is ranked 40th in Health Care? Less faith and more actual healing seem to be needed in the Volunteer State.
Is it me or do we seem to keep moving backwards?
The christstain need to urinate all over public spaces continues.
You're not making christianity better, you're making state seals worse.
So Tennessee, a landlocked state, has a picture of an ocean-going schooner on its official state seal? One with a mast at an inoperative angle? And apparently a cargo of Monopoly-board widgets? And their idea of agriculture includes doghouses and slime molds? Man, no WONDER they think of sippin' whiskey as the official state beverage! Must've gone thru a lot of it during the design meetings. Makes you wonder how bad the LESSER seal of the state is.
"Recognition of God does not constitute the establishment of a state church, as the authors of our constitution intended to prohibit."
Saying out loud what I assert: they think that the establishment clause only prohibit make one denomination the official Church of the United States. When will they learn that official recognition of God without a declaration of an official Church is still an establishment of religion?
OT: Yeshiva University, as part of its ongoing fight to prevent an LGBT student group from forming, is demanding access to the mental health records of LGBT students. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2023/03/15/yeshiva-requests-personal-info-plaintiffs-suing-university