Bill to make Bible official Tenn. state book heads to Haslam

Haslam and Attorney General Herbert Slatery have raised similar questions about the constitutionality of the legislation. Last year, Slatery issued an opinion suggesting the measure would violate separation of church and state provisions in the federal and state constitutions.

Can anyone point me to these provisions? And where is CAIR?

  • G

    I am delighted that Tennessee politicians have enough respect for the Bible to advance such legislation.

    I would like to ask though, “Does a state need an ‘official state book’ ?”
    For pete’s sake! Official state book, state flower, state bird, what’s next, state bathroom fixture?

    I try to be a Christian ( I suck at it though). But really, couldn’t these VERY WELL PAID politicians be doing something more productive with their time, doing things that might ACTUALLY MATTER to Christians?

    Instead of playing around with “state books” enact legislation protecting clergymen who refuse to marry gay people, or examining state funding to colleges that attack Christianity. THEN you’re doing something not just playing around with useless symbolism.

    • Jabberwokk


  • Xavier

    I want to see, word for word, the “federal and state constitution” provisions that enforce the separation of church and state. Expect Moslems to fight this – Tennessee and Nashville in particular are large Islamic centers.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Very few people, even Americans, seem to realize that the term “separation of church and state” is not in the U.S. Constitution; it’s from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. All the constitution states is that “Congress shall make no law” pertaining to the establishment of a national church; what this was intended for was to prevent something like the Church of England from being established as the official state church. But its full intent has been argued about constantly to this day.

    • G

      This one simple phrase has been hijacked by homos and Christian hating libertarians (Liberal-retardians) to justify whatever self serving agenda they want to ram down the public’s throat through the courts this week.

      • Alain

        It has also been hijacked and used successfully to remove any public display of Christianity (Ten Commandments, Nativity display, etc.). All this has been made possible for American judicial activists parading as judges and who appear to be ignorant of their constitution.