Dennis Potvin - Tennessee Democrat

“Governing with Morality” Isn’t “Governing Morality”

I am the grandson of a Baptist minister, who not only worked as a skilled tradesman at AC Spark Plug in Flint but also ran a real estate business … in addition to giving three sermons a week at church. My mother attended Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin before later finishing her education at the University of Michigan. In other words, I grew up in the church and religion has played a vital role in my life.

As a God-fearing American and born-again Christian, I believe that those with influence over others should govern with morality. Lawmakers should always ensure that their moral compasses point due-north as they consider how laws will affect their constituents.

However, I do not support our government - at any level - trying to govern morality itself. I believe that church leaders should promote the Ten Commandments, while lawmakers should promote the Constitution of the United States. Therefore, as a member of our government, I will fight to keep lawmakers out of our bedrooms, out of our bathrooms and focused on what’s important to the American people, which is lawmaking that prevents oppression against one group of people by others trying to promote their own interests or their own beliefs.

In short, I will fight to keep church and state separate, as outlined in the Constitution.

© 2017 Dennis Potvin
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