A normally routine prayer in the Tennessee Senate on Tuesday turned into Crazy-Time after a minister and activist who was invited by Republican Sen. Frank Niceley, started ranting about ‘tyranny.’
The Crazy Lady’s speech came a day after Republican Gov. Bill Haslam convened a special session to discuss his plan to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.
The Times Free Press reports:
June Griffin, pastor of the American Bible Protestant Church, an independent body in Dayton, Tennessee, was invited to speak by Republican Sen. Frank Niceley, an opponent of the governor’s plan.
Before praying, Griffin asked for prayer requests, and a legislator asked that she pray for lawmakers as they decide whether to approve the governor’s proposal, which could be voted on as early as this week.
Griffin began her prayer with a petition for the welfare of the state, before launching into a tirade about overreach by the federal government.
“I pray for the people of Tennessee who have been so downtrodden by the wicked courts from on high; that they have been subject to tyrannical judiciary,” Griffin said. “I pray that you will be our coverage, that we will not be forced into these edicts from Washington.”
She told The Associated Press after the session that she opposes what she considers “forced insurance of any kind.”
In his introduction of Griffin, Niceley hinted at Griffin’s instincts for challenging constitutional boundaries when he boasted that she had “visited 95 counties and hung the Ten Commandments in 88 courthouses across the state.”
Don’t well all base our opinions of others on how many Ten Commandments’ plaques they’ve hung in courthouses?
Raw Story reports:
“…I pray that you will save Tennessee from the edicts of Washington DC that would go against the plain wishes of the people of Tennessee, particularly pertaining to the 9th and 10th Amendments!”
“I pray that you would sanctify this state, that it would be holy, and a leader among all the states, that they would see that there is a God who lives,” Griffin continued. “That you gave your life that the people of Tennessee might be saved from our sins.”
“O Lord,” she begged, her voice breaking, “save Tennessee!”
“I pray that you will be our coverage, that we will not be forced into these edicts from Washington DC or any other quarter, but that you would let the people know that our coverage is the same as with Moses and the children of Israel when they went through the wilderness,” she concluded.
When asked about the unusual nature of her speech, the senator who invited her said, “in this country of ours, we need a certain amount of conservatives that pay attention to the details. There are things that happen in this country that scare everybody.”…
I’ll bet she’s fun at parties, too.
The Times Free Press notes, “It’s not the first time a minister invited to pray in the Senate has drawn attention. A megachurch minister in northeast Nashville who was convicted of murder and served nearly nine years in prison was invited by another Republican lawmaker to speak on the first day of the session last month.”
Again, we come to you Lord to ask for protection from your followers. Amen.
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