Tennessee Pastors Call for Integrity from Gov. Lee in Wake of FBI Investigation

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Southern Christian Coalition highlights hypocrisy, calls for focus on truth

In the wake of subpoenas being served to the Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives and nearly a dozen other lawmakers in connection to an FBI corruption investigation, a group of Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition called on Gov. Bill Lee to act with integrity.

In a statement, pastors challenged Lee to be truthful about events related to the investigation.

“Whether it’s regarding the FBI investigation into the voucher vote in 2019, or the scandal regarding the campaign spending of multiple TN State Representatives, including Glen Casada and Robin Smith, I’m tired of the lies and schemes” said Rev. Eugene Se’Bree, Associate Pastor of Jefferson St. Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville. “Governor Lee and the Supermajority Legislature run their campaigns touting their Christian faith, brag about it in their campaign ads and materials, and use it to justify harmful policy at the Capital. But, whether in the policy they are trying to pass or their multiple cover-ups, possible bribes, and misrepresentation of themselves to voters, I have to be honest when I say that I see an absence of the Christian faith. I’m both angered and grieved to see the Christian faith I grew up in and preach as a pastor, twisted and corrupted. It's past time that Tennesseans hear what we deserve: the truth.”

“I have been calling on Governor Lee to act with integrity and live up to the values of the Christian faith that he claims to profess for years,” said Rev. Dr. Kevin Riggs, Pastor of Franklin Community Church. “Yet here we see Representative Calfee again confirming that he told the truth when he told the FBI about the meeting with Governor Lee in 2019 discussing the voucher bill and potential benefits to certain lawmakers if they voted in support of it. Yet the governor continues to deny the meeting or the potential bribes.”

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