Liberty Counsel Is Willing to Defend Tennessee Bill to Adopt Bible as Official State Book

Apr 8, 2016

NASHVILLE, TN-- The Tennessee Senate passed a bill in a 19-8 landslide on Wednesday that would make the Holy Bible the state’s “official book.” This occurred after the bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Steve Southerland, was passed 55-38 by the state House. Republican Governor Bill Haslam has not indicated whether he will sign it.
Liberty Counsel is willing to defend this constitutional legislation pro bono if the governor should decide against doing so.
“The Establishment Clause requires government neutrality toward religion, but the Tennessee legislature’s selection of the Bible as the state book does not require anyone to read the Bible, and it does not require anyone to observe or adhere to the teachings of the Bible,” said Horatio Mihet, Chief Litigation Counsel for Liberty Counsel.
Mihet continued, “Tennessee can lawfully and constitutionally select the Bible to be the official state book given the importance of the Bible to the state, its laws, and its history; doing so is no more an affront to the Constitution than is selecting the state beverage or the state animal. It is simply a factual acknowledgment of the undisputed, historical fact that the Bible was important to the foundation of the nation and of Tennessee, and that it’s important to the citizens of Tennessee.” 

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