Blount County, Tennessee to vote on whether to ask God to spare them from coming anti-gay wrath

Karen Miller, a local elected official in Blount County, Tennessee, isn’t sure what kind of wrathful vengeance God has planned for America after legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. But she does want God to know that it isn’t her or her God-fearing friends’ fault, and that she should be spared from the inevitable razing of American civilization.

Tomorrow evening, Miller will introduce a resolution affirming the county’s commitment to resisting “unlawful orders, no matter their source – whether from a military commander, a federal judge, or the United States Supreme Court,” asking God to put their county in the eye of the coming hurricane of fire and brimstone:

America, circa 2016, except Blount County, Tennessee, via Wikimedia Commons

America, circa 2016, except Blount County, Tennessee, via Wikimedia Commons

With a firm reliance upon the providence of Almighty God WE the BLOUNT COUNTY LEGISLATURE call upon all of the Officers of the State of Tennessee, the Governor, the Attorney General, and the members of the Tennessee Legislature, to join US, and utilize all authority within their power to protect Natural Marriage, from lawless court opinions, AND THE financial schemes of the enemies of righteousness wherever the source AND defend the Moral Standards of Tennessee.

WE adopt this Resolution before God that He pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient Children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us.

WE adopt this Resolution begging His favor in light of the fact that we have been forced to comply and recognize that the State of Tennessee, like so many other God-fearing States, MAY have fallen prey to a lawless judiciary in legalizing what God and the Bible expressly forbids.

The resolution, entitled “Resolution condemning judicial tyranny and petitioning God’s mercy,” doesn’t have any legal implications. However, the government-sanctioned prayer presumably only works if all of the town’s residents agree to not do any gay stuff — when the government passes a resolution, it does so in its entire jurisdiction’s name. This is one of the many reasons why governments making appeals to one specific deity are problematic: unless everyone in the jurisdiction is on board, someone’s bound to slip up and ruin it for everyone else. If this resolution passes, and anyone in the town then gets gay married, the town as a whole will have lied and sinned against the family. Double wrath of God be upon them.

As an aside, what exactly does Miller mean by “financial schemes”? Does she mean that the Big Gay Mafia crashed the financial system, like Matt Staver at Liberty Counsel does? Or did she throw in a reference to the greedy Jewish cabal as an aside, because this resolution didn’t cover enough Christian supremacist ground?

Not that it matters in the grand scheme of things, because it carries no legal requirements, but here’s hoping the resolution is voted down. Every time the government endorses religion, an angel rips off a fish’s legs.

(h/t Joe.My.God.)


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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