AG: Bible can't be official book of Tennessee

 

This is an interesting dilemma: Just what religion does the Bible constitute? Is is Judaism? After all, the Bible is the story of the Jews from the beginning of time to the end of the world, right?

Is is Christianity? The New Testament chronicles the life of Jesus Christ and describes the path to salvation.

So if the Tennessee law says no "preference shall be given by law to any religion establishment or mode of worship," how does the Bible give preference to a religion or mode of worship? Even Islamists say they believe in much of the Old Testament.

We're just asking ... explanations would be welcome.


From Fox News

Tennessee's attorney general says a bill seeking to make the Bible the state's official book would violate separation of church and state provisions in the federal and state constitutions.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the legal opinion issued by Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Monday, a day before the full House is scheduled to vote on the measure sponsored by freshman Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton of Bean Station.

Slatery in the opinion cites the provision in the Tennessee Constitution that states that "no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religion establishment or mode of worship."

Slatery says that other state symbols, such as the designation of milk as the official state beverage, "inherently carry the imprimatur and endorsement of the government."

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