A Tennessee woman who thinks legalized gay marriage will cause God to punish Americans in the style of Sodom and Gommorah is asking the divine ruler to overlook Blount County, and hopes an official resolution will help convince Him.
Blount County Commissioner Karen Miller filed the resolution, which is set to be heard by the Blount County Agenda Committee on Tuesday. In an agenda posted to the county's government website, the resolution is the seventh item on a list of "new business":
The resolution, obtained by Ring of Fire and posted on Facebook as a Google doc by a group that opposes it, apparently seeks to prove to God that Blount County shouldn't be counted among American sodomites (emphasis ours):
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 has, not surprisingly, upset many Blount County residents. Blount's Ginny West Case told The Daily Times that Miller's depiction of God is in itself offensive. "That is not a primary characteristic of the God I know and love… I’m tired of God being used as a battering ram. The Bible, over and over, tells us God is the God of love and grace and mercy.” One gay Blount resident told the Daily Times, "I find the wording of their resolution to be a very sad form of intolerance from our government," adding, "Government should be doing things to make life better for all of its citizens instead of wasting time and money to show hate, intolerance and trying to remove equal rights for their constituents.”
In a Facebook post, LGBTQ group PFLAG Maryville encouraged Blount residents to oppose the resolution, noting that it sends "a hateful message to the LGBT community."
The Tennessee Equality Project plans on protesting the resolution during Tuesday's meeting.
A request for comment from Miller was not answered.
Danielle Wiener-Bronner is a news reporter.