After vetoing a biblical bill, Tennessee takes up “The Bible: Official State Book” to make it happen.
Jerry Sexton, Republican representative presented a bill in which the Bible would be designated as “The Official State Book.”
“The Bible also plays a significantly important role in our state today, with several companies in Nashville responsible for publishing more Bibles than possibly any other city in the world,” he says.
“Making the Bible our official state book,” he added, “isn’t a violation of either our Constitution or the U.S. Constitution. It is simply a recognition of its historical importance. To preclude the Bible simply because it is religious in nature is anathema to the First Amendment.”
The former governor vetoed the project because it was “trivial”
This project was first presented in 2016. Bill Haslam, former governor of the state, vetoed the work, but his predecessor, Bill Lee, claimed that the Scriptures have certainly taken an important part in the state.
“If we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, then we shouldn’t be recognizing it only as a book of historical and economic significance,” wrote Haslam back then. “If we are recognizing the Bible as a sacred text, then we are violating the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee by designating it as the official state book.”
Currently, Sexton returns to this project so that the Word of God can be the guide of the entire state of Tennessee.
“You cannot deny our history. The Bible has certainly played a fundamental role in the history of our state and our nation,” said Lee.