The Midday Stupid
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.”
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.