Nashville, Tennessee (Artist: Susan Cassidy Wilhoit)
Tennessee Constitution, Article 1, Section 3 (1870)
That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience.
Tennessee is my home State. I am thankful that the Constitution of my State affirms my right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of my conscience. However, federal law trumps State law, and one day this freedom may be taken away in its entirety. Nevertheless, the right to worship God is not a right given by Tennessee or Washington, D.C.; it is a commandment given by the Almighty, Himself.
Should the right to worship according to the dictates of my own conscience be denied, including the right to publicly speak the name of Jesus, I will have to echo the words of Peter in Acts 4:20, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
The dictates of any constitution will have no bearing on the command to “go into all the world and preach the gospel,” including Tennessee.
Go Vols! 🙂
Providence, Rhode Island (Artist: Susan Cassidy Wilhoit)
Constitution Preamble (1842)
We, the people of the State of Rhode Island, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing.
If you want to read the purpose behind these posts featuring state capital buildings, CLICK HERE to read the introduction.
I would encourage you to share these as much as you would like, even with those in your state capitals.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Artist: Susan Cassidy Wilhoit)
Constitution Preamble (1776)
We, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance.
Folks, is there no such thing as irony? The men and women of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) make bold claims about a “godless” Constitution and the godlessness of our Founding Fathers, yet the words above seem to stand in stark contrast to their claims. Again, the “wall of separation” as defined by the modern “intellects” was nowhere to be found in 1776.
Des Moines, Iowa (Artist: Susan Cassidy Wilhoit)
Constitution Preamble (1857)
We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a constitution of these blessings establish this Constitution.
CLICK HERE to read the introduction to this series of posts.
Indianapolis, Indiana (Artist: Susan Cassidy Wilhoit)
Constitution Preamble (1851)
We, the people of the State of Indiana, grateful to the Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution.
Note, the Indianans of the 1850’s understood that the right to choose their own form of government was one given by God, not man. Yet, again, we have people from the FFRF (btw, they claim only 20k members) wanting to erase God from every vestige of public life. Where would our public life be without God at the foundation? The founding fathers of Indiana would tell you, “Nowhere.”
Springfield, Illinois (Artist: Susan Cassidy Wilhoit)
Constitution Preamble (1870)
We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Amazing how so many of our states’ constitutions recognize the existence of God, isn’t it? Yet, the Freedom from Religion Foundation and their kind want nothing less than to scrub that fact from history. The purpose of this series of posts called “The Magnificent Fifty” is being published in an effort to combat that. Please share them.
CLICK HERE to read the introduction to this series.
Sacramento, California (Artist: Susan Cassidy Wilhoit)
California Supreme Court (1980)
Freedom of Religion is so fundamental to American history that it must be preserved even at the expense of other rights which have become institutionalized by the Democratic process.
Devin Walker v. First Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 760-028.9
To read the “introduction” to this series, CLICK HERE.