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A Tennessee Legislator’s Oath of Office

Tennessee’s state legislators, upon taking office, take an oath not to assent to anything “which shall appear to me injurious to the people, or . . . that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges, as declared by the Constitution of this state.”

However, their vote is often tinged with a desire to curry favor with or avoid the wrath of the Speaker of their House; but there is no oath of fealty to their Speaker’s wishes.

More importantly, a true Christian legislator’s overarching loyalty must be to the Lord Jesus Christ, or else he or she denies Him as Lord.

When Christian legislators allow their conscience before the Lord to inform their decisions, not their standing before their Speaker, the citizen’s constitutionally guaranteed rights and privileges are best protected.


The FACT Report, featured on several conservative radio stations, is a weekly one-minute audio commentary about a political or cultural issue affecting Tennesseans.

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