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When Politics, Not Law, Guides the Attorney General

Last week, Tennessee’s Attorney General, Herbert Slatery, issued an opinion regarding a law passed eighteen years ago that allowed courts to enhance a criminal sentence if the victim had been targeted because of the person’s “gender.”

He opined that “gender” referred to a psychological and cultural construct distinct from one’s biological sex and thus referred to a transgendered person. But since sex is not referenced in the statute and gender, he says, is different from biological sex, that means Attorney General Slatery has construed the law in a way that prohibits enhancement of a sentence because, for example, the criminal targeted the woman strictly because she was a woman.

That couldn’t have been the Legislature’s intent eighteen years ago, but that’s what happens when today’s politics, not law, becomes the Attorney General’s guiding principle.

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A Freedom that Leads to Slavery

During President Trump’s State of the Union speech, he said, to the applause of Republicans, “We are born free and we will stay free.”

While we shouldn’t nitpick his speech, it is worth considering such a statement from a biblical worldview—Are we really born free? Not according to the Bible.

While Adam and Eve were given great freedom, there was one tree among a garden full of trees from which they could not eat; it served, we might say, as a sacramental reminder that their freedom was under and subject to God.

But they rejected the freedom they were given, and ever since people have sought freedom apart from God.

That kind of freedom results in a slavery to sin that leads to death. And that kind of freedom should break our hearts, not lead to our applause.

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Does Modern Evangelicalism ‘Support’ Infanticide?

Our nation was appalled by New York’s abortion law condoning infanticide. Gov. Cuomo, a Catholic, defended the law said, “I have my own Catholic beliefs, how I live my life … That is my business as a Catholic. I don’t govern as a Catholic.”

In other words, his Catholicism pertains only to his spiritual life, not his secular life.

But before Protestants heap scorn on Gov. Cuomo’s theology or the Catholic Church, they need to remember that this dualistic way of viewing life is rampant within much of modern evangelicalism. Far too many evangelicals today see engaging government as just polishing the brass on a sinking ship, interfering with spiritual pursuits as they await going to heaven.

By embracing this sacred-secular split, those evangelicals unwittingly lend aid to a worldview that can condone and justify infanticide.

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Sitting in Honor of Sit-Ins

When Gov. Bill Lee didn’t stand at the urging of the keynote speaker at a recent event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., some castigated him.

The speaker had asked attendees to stand if they supported government-provided universal health care and opposed a wall on our southern border. He accused those not standing of being disingenuous in their desire to honor Dr. King because Dr. King would have supported these things.

But who says one cannot honor a person unless in complete agreement with that person? Moreover, who can say what Dr. King’s position on these current issues would be 41 years after his death?

However, we can say this: If Gov. Lee disagreed on those policy issues, then for him to have stood would have dishonored the man who encouraged sit-ins against laws he thought were wrong.

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Violating Bill Lee’s Religious Liberty

Last week Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote to Bill Lee demanding that he cancel the religious service to be held prior to his inauguration. They said it violated the Establishment Clause.

That was quite a shock given that Governor Lee was, at the time of that service, still private citizen Lee and the event was being paid for by private, not government funds.

This is about as much an establishment of religion as Lee inviting all the Tennessee members of the foundation to join him for church next Sunday.

The fact is Freedom From Religion Foundation wants government to discriminate against religion by excluding the religious view that government and religion are insuperably connected by establishing the religious view that religion and government never intersect.

That is the real establishment of religion and a violation of Lee’s religious liberty.

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