Separation of Church and State

Separation of Church and State

What I Believe, separation of church and state


Hi. Im Gayle

In my campaign I have always tried to make it clear that I think a major part of the job of an elected official is listening and responding.

I have had several comments recently that have compelled me to create this blog/video, because of questions some of you have regarding my running as a secular candidate.

It is true that I am not a religious person. I have not made any attempt to disclaim that fact, but I have made a big effort not to run ON that fact. Both in word and deed I am a believer of the separation of church and state. I believe it is the foundation of our government, and was at the heart of our founding fatherseffort to keep religious separate from politics. I believe that Im in a unique position as a secular candidate to insure that everyones religious liberty is protected.

Having said that, I want to address what is a question on the minds of a lot of constituents, and that is: What does this mean about what I believe, how I live, what moves me, and how would I govern.

What do I believe in? I believe in truth, and freedom. I believe in justice, so strongly that I made the decision to go to law school at age 50, because I am in a position to help folks that cant always access justice. I find joy in family, and friends, and hard work, and good times, music, art, love.

How do I live? Probably like everyone else in my district. I have a small farm in Rutherford County, and I raise longhorn cattle, and donkeys, and goats, and chickens. I work hard at taking care of my little slice of paradise. I plan my budget out each month, pay my bills, buy my groceries, and watch the sun go down on my back patio most nights. I call my parents every day, just to see how they are doing. I call or text my kids to hear about their lives, their loves, their work, and their school.

What moves me? My fellow man, and fellow woman, and their suffering, their joy, their happiness. My guiding principal is to increase joy and to decrease suffering in the lives of people. I am guided by empathy and understanding, and seek to find ways to help others. What gives my life meaning is my effort to help who I can, how I can, and when I can.

Finally, how would I govern? I have a simple 3-question test that I would apply to any legislation that I would sponsor or vote for: Is it rational? Is it reasonable? and Is it right? The first question, Is it rational, asks whether this legislation is the most effective way to accomplish this goal. The second question, Is it reasonable, is the budget question, and it asks if we can afford this legislation, and whether this is the most effective use of this tax dollar that can be made. The final question, Is it right, asks whether this legislation does the most good for the most people, with the least negative impact on the least number of people. If you put any legislation from the last few years through those tests, some doesnt even pass the first question.

Thank you for taking the time to watch this video/read this post. I recognize that sometimes things we dont understand make us cautious or even fearful. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my values and principals with you, and I appreciate your time and consideration.