Action Alert

Take action to stop theocratic amendment to Tenn. Constitution

Please help us halt a disturbing proposal to amend the Tennessee Constitution to proclaim citizen liberties come from a god.

State lawmakers are advancing HJR 37, a pandering state constitutional amendment that would bizarrely declare, “We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God.” This unabashedly pushes a piece of theology on Tennesseans, in defiance of the Establishment Clause to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Legislators are undoubtedly supporting HJR 37 only because they think that it will be popular with their constituents. This is a perfect opportunity for you to tell your state senator to focus on solving real-world problems rather than making empty theocratic proclamations.

Please contact your state senators right away and urge them to vote against this bill, which does nothing other than push a religious view on nonbelievers and invite a lawsuit.

Learn more about this bill. 


Please feel free to cut and paste the talking points we've provided below for your message to your state senator.

As one of your constituents, I respectfully request that you vote against HJR 37, a resolution that seeks to insert theology into the state Constitution by declaring that “our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God.”

This constitutional amendment does not solve any problems, but it does waste time and risks taxpayer funds by inviting a lawsuit. It would be dishonest to say that the language of this proposed constitutional amendment is anything but religious in nature, and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the state of Tennessee from endorsing a religious message.

Please oppose HJR 37. Thank you.

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