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Tenn. Lawmakers Moving to Name Bible 'Official' State Book

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015 06:44 AM

The Tennessee legislature will likely soon decide whether to designate the Bible as the state's official book, after committees in both state houses have approved a measure that reads: "The Holy Bible is hereby designated as the official state book."

The bill does not spell out any particular version of the Bible, USA Today reported.

GOP state Rep. William Lamberth said the bill does not coerce anyone to read or believe in Scripture.

Other proponents said the bill recognized the value of the Bible without promoting Christianity above other faiths, USA Today reported.

Legislators in Mississippi have been pursuing similar legislation. An effort last year to make the Bible the official book of Louisiana was withdrawn, USA Today reported.

Opponents of the measure, including Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and  Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, who is also the state's lieutenant governor, have argued that classifying the Bible as the "official" state book is undignified.

"I'm just adamantly opposed to that. I mean, the Bible is my official book; it is," said Ramsey. "It shouldn't be put in the Blue Book with Rocky Top, salamanders, and tulip poplars."

The Rev. Michael Williams of the United Methodist Church in Nashville said, "I love catfish, but listen, it doesn't come close to the Holy Scripture."

Reform Rabbi Mark Schiftan of Nashville said the Bible has many versions and urged lawmakers to reconsider.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, a Presbyterian, has not taken a public stance on the bill.

Some states have designated official children's books. "Make Way for Ducklings" is the official children's book of Massachusetts. The "Legend of Sleeping Bear" is Michigan's official book for children.

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The Tennessee legislature will likely soon decide whether to designate the Bible as the state's official book, after committees in both state houses have approved a measure designating Christianity's holiest book as such.
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