Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelley may have been the first openly atheist elected official in the great state of Tennessee. I have long been an adherent to the idea that "By their acts they are known" identifies Christians, rather than the professing of belief in the supernatural Father Son and Ghost. Through that lens Steve was as Christian as anybody. But somehow we will run across folks who loudly proclaim that it is belief, or the protestation thereof, that makes a Christian. I'm not of that sect.

The Constitution of the Great State of Tennessee plainly states that atheists elected to office in Tennessee can't hold office in Tennessee, not because of their religion but because of their lack of religion. This not only puts the Constitution of Tennessee at odds with the Constitution of the United States of America, but at odds with precedent and good sense.

Enter the scene of Tennessee politics, Gayle Gordon. Gayle Jordan is running for the District 14 seat in the Senate of the State of Tennessee. With strong values centering around the issues of Healthcare and Insure TN, Education, Veterans' Rights, Roads, and Religious Freedom. She's a mother and a grandmother. She also holds a law degree. I really wish we could talk one of our local extraordinary Roane County women into to followig Gayle's lead and run for Tennessee House of Representatives.

Wouldn't that be something! Steve Kelley would be proud.


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