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Tennessee Lawmaker Seeks to Make Bible Official State Book

© Flickr / carl & tracy gossettA bible in an old church, which could become the state book for TN
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A lawmaker from Tennessee has introduced new legislation in the hopes of making the Bible the official book of the Volunteer State.

On Tuesday, State Representative Jerry Sexton put forward the new bill, after neighbors Mississippi and Louisiana made similar moves. 

Legislators in Mississippi claim that using the Bible in this way is symbolic, and that no one would be required to actually read the book.

"The Bible provides a good role model on how to treat people," Mississippi state Rep. Tom Miles, one of the co-sponsors of that state's legislation, told the Associated Press. "They could read in there about love and compassion."

Last year in Louisiana, critics of that state’s bill argued that giving such privilege to the Bible  would violate the principles of the separation of church and state. In their turn, religious critics believed it would trivialize the text. 

Sexton’s plan in Tennessee has likewise garnered some unfavorable reaction.

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