TN House votes to make the Bible the official state book

TN House votes to make the Bible the official state book

April 15th, 2015 by Andy Sher in Politics State

POLL: Should the Bible be Tennessee's official state book?



Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE -- Following the second straight day of often-fiery debate, the state House voted 55-38 today to make the "Holy Bible" the official book of Tennessee.

As concerns about the measure's constitutionality and church-state questions continued to surface, Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, offered what he thought was a reasonable compromise through an amendment.

It would have designated President Andrew Jackson's Bible as the state's official book.

The amendment was killed on a 48-11 vote.

Debate lasted over an hour on the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station.

The Bible bill is expected to come up on the Senate floor on Thursday. Nineteen senators are co-sponsoring the measure there. It takes 17 votes to pass a bill into law.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery this week issued a legal opinion saying the bill violates both the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions.