What Does Tennessee Have Against Monkeys, Anyway?

The Midday Stupid

But he loves you, buddy.

Sweet Jeebus, it’s Tennessee again:

Designation of Bible as state book to hit House floor following years of failed legislative attempts

A resolution designating the Bible as the state book cleared a House committee Tuesday morning despite constitutional concerns from several lawmakers.

HJR150, carried by Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, would include the Bible in the Tennessee Blue Book next to a list of other state symbols. This is his third attempt to designate the Bible as the state book.

It’s only a small step from declaring it the state book to declaring that state books must be part of the curriculum.

The bill has raised constitutional concerns in the past. A 2015 state attorney general opinion found the designation in violation of the state constitution. Former Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican and Christian, vetoed the bill and argued the legislation “trivializes” the Bible as a “book of historical and economic significance.”

Economic significance?

Similar to Sexton’s previous arguments, the resolution emphasizes the importance of the Bible in reflecting family heritage and stresses the economic impact of the state’s Bible publishing industry.

I thought that they were all printed in godless communist China.

What’s next, Cancel Culture?

Sexton said he does not think the Bible should be “discriminated against” because of its religious nature. He said the United States was founded on Christian values.

Um, no. Go back to remedial Civics class, please.

“This country wasn’t founded on Buddhist, or Muhammad or any of those religions,” he said. “Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian values.”

Nope.  Saying it on repeat doesn’t make it true.

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15 Responses to What Does Tennessee Have Against Monkeys, Anyway?

  1. Wesley Sandel says:

    Let’s get someone sane in the legislature to propose making the Wizard of OZ the state book.

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  2. julesmomcat says:

    We should expect sanity in this red state?? Not possible, I’m afraid.

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  3. roket says:

    Methinks The Great Monkey Trial, by L. Sprague de Camp, is more apropos.

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  4. One of ’em saying the quiet parts out loud again:

    “Just like Nathan Bedford Forrest and Ida B. Wells and now the Bible, it’s just our common heritage,” he said. “And those things should be welcomed by everyone in Tennessee. You don’t have to agree. You don’t have to like it, but it’s part of our common heritage.”

    How inclusive of him. Pioneering investigative reporter, educator and a founder of the NAACP…and Confederate general who would have lynched her in a heartbeat.

    (psst! Don’t tell him what the Confederates did to the founder of his party…)

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  5. Jimmy T says:

    I dunno, too many thees, thous, thys, begats, afores, artificers, bewrayeths for my tastes. It’s almost as if they want the kids to go around speaking a mysterious language that nobody in the modern era understands. Why don’t they just emulate, TFG, as he was definitely chosen by God to run the world for the Christian Brand, then we only have to deal with words like covfefe, bigly, the blacks, the gays, the hispanics, Nambia (possibly a corruption Nambla), and last but not least Two Corinthians…

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  6. Redhand says:

    The more things change, the more they remain the same.

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  7. Infidel753 says:

    Economic significance?

    Lots of handy stuff in that book about the rules for buying and selling slaves.

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  8. MDavis says:

    Which bible? Even if you ignore any other religion besides Christianity* you get a lot of versions to choose from – the first comparison chart google sent lists 20 versions. I think that’s only the versions that are basically English or having an English translation. Why not require Greek or Latin? Includes a bit of language education in the mix. But there’s still that sticky problem of bringing religion support into politics.
    With that in mind, may I suggest they use the Jefferson bible? I suspect it is the only one that would pass the First Amendment test.

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  9. Boris says:

    I prefer Massachusetts’s example; they have an official children’s book, “Make Way for Ducklings.”

    But that’s just me.

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  10. xpldagain says:

    Bean Station, TN. They have representation in BS, TN, but NOT in Washington, D.C.

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