Federal, state, and local law already thoroughly cover making terrorism, threats of violence, harassment, etc., illegal.
[The legislative proposal to give state officials authority to decide which individuals or organizations constitute a domestic terrorist entity] is yet another example of the state Republicans whipping up xenophobic sentiments among their close-minded fundamentalist base to ensure that they have their full support when it comes to their real agenda: lining their fatcat pockets.
If this bill does what it purports, it is useless, redundant and a waste of legislative effort when so many people are out of work and we could be focusing on our economy.
That's the optimistic view.
More likely is that this bill does cover new ground that other law doesn't already cover: persecution of anyone "not like us," removal of due process and First Amendment protections, and institutionalizing the narrow-minded hate of right-wing Christians.
We've come a long way since the Founding Fathers separated matters of religion from matters of government. Every day I read this paper, I find some new way in which Tennessee is indeed "leading" the nation into miserable decades we'll apologize to our grandchildren for.
Posted by "nash615"