|Haslam Turns Away from Voters|
Apparently, feeling left out by the crowd of Republican governors who vetoed religious-freedom legislation in response to pro-homosexualist corporate boycotts, Tennessee's billionaire Republican governor, Bill Haslam, vetoed a law honoring the Bible.
Haslam endorsed Rubio. Trump won Tennessee.
Over five years of rule, the governor has only vetoed four bills. His last big veto ended efforts to strip state funding from Vanderbilt University because of its rules requiring Christian groups to accept non-Christian leadership. Previously, he criticized and refused to sign a measure protecting teachers who want to teach the debate about global warming and evolution. Fretting about the conservatism of representatives elected by the people of Tennessee, he commented, “I think what we’ve tried to do is focus on the bigger issues that people really care about ... the most conservative principle there is, is giving people a dollar worth of value for a dollar worth of tax paid." As an example of what he thinks people care about, here's a link to his National Public Radio defense of hundreds of millions of dollars of corporate subsidies. For example, he has spent tens of millions of state dollars promoting a the Disney-ABC "Nashville" television show created by Hollywood darling Callie Khouri, who won an Academy Award for "Thelma & Louise."
Prominent promoters of atheism, like the Freedom From Religion Foundation's president, Annie Gaylor, praised the anti-Bible veto: "...hallelujah ... I think we're turning a corner in our country that we are seeing [this from] a Republican governor in the South ... and not apologizing about it."
Indeed, we are turning a corner with Republicans and the country.
Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, was equally delighted: “We applaud Governor Haslam for his leadership ... Publicly elected government officials cannot use their official positions to favor one religious belief over another."
It's funny, but I don't remember the ACLU being upset when the USG commanded all Americans to give material and symbolic support to same-sex unions. Obviously, they must not have known that there were religious beliefs about marriage.