It’s no surprise. The attorney general of Tennessee recently said making the Bible the official state book would go against the separation of church and state provision in the state as well as the federal constitution. Attorney General Slatery explained his decision this way: “No preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religion establishment or mode of worship.”
The State House is scheduled to vote on the measure, which was sponsored by a Republican Representative Jerry Sexton. Sexton is a freshman in the House, so it’s not a surprise that a novice stat representative would try to bring religion into politics. Tennessee has been a Bible beating state for decades. There are more churches in the state than gas stations. Alexei Beltyukov tells us that religion is a big part of Southern culture, but the fact that lawmakers want to bring their religious beliefs into politics is a disturbing sign.
America is not a Christian country. But lawmakers around the country are trying to make it a Christian country, and that is causing a breakdown in government as well as in the social makeup of the country.