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Pro-Life Legislators Need to Stop Fighting

Tennessee’s pro-life legislators are fighting over which of two pro-life bills to pass. One, known as the “trigger bill,” would limit abortion except in cases involving the life of the mother, but only if Roe v. Wade is reversed. The other, the fetal heartbeat bill, prohibits abortions once a heartbeat is detected.

Some legislators believe the trigger bill is too passive. Others believe the heartbeat bill is too aggressive and the state will waste money trying to defend it.

But what is wrong with Tennessee spending a million dollars out of a $38.5 billion budget in an effort to bring about Roe v. Wade’s demise?

Since defeating Roe is an uphill climb, passing the trigger bill as a backup hurts nothing.

We think legislators should put aside this either-or perspective and pass both bills.

 

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Preventing Discrimination Against Chicken Sandwiches

Last week the City of San Antonio refused to let Chick-fil-A lease space at its airport because of its disdain for the charitable causes Chick-fil-A supports. While that is unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination, Chick-fil-A will most likely turn the other cheek and not sue.

But, on the bright side, last week Tennessee Representative Jason Zachary led his state House colleagues in passing a bill that would prevent cities from discriminating against a business because it had not voluntarily made sexual orientation or gender identity a protected status under its personnel policies. The bill also prevents cities from discriminating against businesses that do not include abortion coverage under their group health insurance plan.

While all acts of prejudice against Christian-owned businesses can’t be stopped, this is a good start. The Senate will begin to consider the bill next week.

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Government Transparency and the Attorney General

Senate Joint Resolution 1, a proposed amendment to Tennessee’s Constitution regarding the state’s attorney general, has received little public attention, probably because so few Tennesseans realize how influential that office is. For example, state judges give his legal arguments great weight, legislators use his opinions to kill proposed legislation, and defense of our state’s sovereignty against the federal government often depends on him.

But that lack of realization exists for a reason. Under Tennessee’s Constitution, the unelected justices on Tennessee’s Supreme Court appoint the attorney general. And their votes are even cast in private.

Under the proposed amendment, justices would only nominate the attorney general, and they would have to vote publicly. Then, a majority of the legislature would have to confirm the nomination.

You can learn more about the resolution on our website’s bill tracking page.

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Will the ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Die in Court?

Last week Tennessee’s House of Representatives passed what is known as a fetal heartbeat bill and sent it to the state Senate for consideration. What is not known is that the bill looked nothing like the bills being proposed in other states.

The other states have recognized that fetal heartbeat legislation will be subjected to tough treatment in the federal courts, so they have put into their bills whereas clauses to justify and explain the approach they are taking and why the U.S. Supreme Court should consider their legislation differently from other failed attempts at fetal heartbeat legislation.

Inexplicably, Tennessee’s representatives decided no explanations and justifications were needed. Unfortunately, having ignored the collective wisdom of sister states as to what’s needed to challenge long-standing Supreme Court precedent, the heartbeat bill, if passed, is likely to die in court.

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Modern-Day Cannibals

Mainstream media seems intent on digging up non-criminal things our political leaders did 30 and sometimes 40 years ago and asking people if they are offended. Perhaps in hindsight or according to today’s mores, what they did was insensitive or insulting.

But do non-criminal actions decades ago make a person unfit for office today? Those who have never experienced the grace of God seem to think so, but for Christians, God calls us to a higher standard. If what people once did is not who they now are, we should thank God for the change in them, not blast them for their past. What current problem is that solving?

Scripture warns us, “If you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another.” Too many in media are nothing short of modern-day cannibals.

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