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  • Bob Titus

    The law would not violate the Constitution. Bill Haslam is Governor of the State of Tennessee, not the US Congress. The state of Tennessee, it’s legislature and governor are not the Federal Government. The Bible was the main textbook in US schools for at least the first 100 years with no constitutional crisis. Sign the bill Bill.

  • Bob Titus

    Chuck, firearms are supposed to be lethal. I guess I’m one of the “knuckle-dragging Krazy Kristian Krackers” It’s just a guess on my part, but I bet your a liberal/democrat. The cradle of the KKK is the democrat party.

  • derp

    Don’t worry little loony bird, I’ll help you here.
    1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    Whew that was easy. Your silly superstitions are no more special than some witch doctor in Africa throwing chicken bones in a fire.

  • Richard Rush

    The governor said, “My personal feeling is that this bill rivializes the Bible, which I believe is sacred text.”

    If that’s true, then I would urge the governor to sign the bill. The trivialization of the Bible is long overdue, and I would welcome anything that shortens the time until Christianity takes its rightful place alongside Greek mythology.

  • Rick

    Bob, stop with the ignorance. Historically, the Democratic Party (get the name right) is a coalition of people that included conservatives. They have not always been liberal and are not today, although I doubt there are any conservatives left in the party. The same is true for the GOP, which was historically home to liberals, with there being few if any left in the party today. While the Democratic Party was most probably the cradle of the KKK, it was not the liberals who gave birth to it.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Bob, you have that backwards, but, of course, there is no such thing as “the democrat party.” That is just a sleazy way of abbreviating the name of The Democratic Party which gives comfort to those who have difficulty beating it. But The Democratic Party split in 1860 over the issue of slavery. The KKK acquiesced itself to Republican Presidencies via the disputed election of 1876, wherein Rutherford B. Hayes was able to steal the election with Southern electoral votes on a promise to end Reconstruction. The disputed Democratic convention of 1824 was due to both support and opposition to the KKK. In 1960, a significant number of African-Americans supported Richard Nixon. This changed by 1968 with the instituting of The Southern Strategy. While both parties have taints of racism today the Democrats seek to atone for them while the GOP doubles down.

  • Greek mythology has been updated and in a field such as analytical psychological those flaming Greek Gods and Goddesses are now seen as behaviors, perspectives and yes, pathologies. In other words these characters are fictions, useful fictions but not Gods.

  • Bod seems to be unaware of the 14th Amendment, which makes the 1st Amendment applicable to state and local government. — Edd Doerr (arlinc.org)

  • Gov Haslam is to be commended for his courageous veto. Do state legislators think that Christianity is so weak in Tennessee that it needs to be propped up by government? — Edd Doerr,,President, Americans for Religious Liberty (arlinc.org)

  • Gino

    The governor came out with a sensible and politically correct way to veto this proposed legislation. His actual letter can be found here and is worth reading.


  • William Bockstael

    “According to polling, 62 percent of all Tennesseans favor making the Holy Bible the state book in order to recognize its significance from a historical, economic and cultural standpoint,” the House sponsor, Representative Jerry Sexton, said.

    Well….most TN people still seem to love slavery, rape, dashing babies against the rocks, marrying the brother’s sister if he dies and so forth…maybe they should start stoning adulterous women as well…

    It’s quite understandable they want the bible as official state book

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  • Bill

    if Christians would stick to influencing others by the example of their personal conduct, their testimony would be the most powerful, especially if they let God do the rest.

    The alignment of the Christian faith with government and political power is responsible for most of the egregious behavior by the Christian church and it’s adherents throughout it’s history.

  • Daniel Berry NYC

    it’s just further proof that the bible’s most dedicated cheerleaders (in public) haven’t the slightest idea what’s actually in it–they just know that saying “bible” gets votes.

    Jesus had something to say about this kind of hypocrisy. Try Matthew 7:21 for starters.

  • Pamela Bartos

    God is not a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Satan is hands down.

  • America’sOWN

    Thou shalt not mix church with state.

  • Teena

    Hey. Everybody who isn’t from Tennessee, butt out. It’s none of your business. Go screw up your own state.
    Thank you.

  • The O

    So Hustler as the official book is out?

  • Donald Burk

    Could someone please tell me what part of the constitution says anything about separation of church and state? I see it says Freedom of Religion meaning that we can worship as we please but I see no mention of freedom from religion meaning state workers or schools or whatever cannot have prayer or bible etc . OF and FROM are two very different words.

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  • Eve

    Bob, how would you feel if the Torah or Quran were made TN’s official state book?

  • Eve

    Amendment I:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

    The words “freedom of religion” are nowhere in the Constitution. The First Amendment states the government will not “[respect] an establishment of religion…”, or endorse a religion; nor shall the government prohibit someone from exercising said religion. The intent is for the government to remain neutral when it comes to religion.

  • It may not be the business of those from other states , but when Christians are referred to like that then it becomes my business/interest, and although I am a Christian and like the idea of a state book, I do not believe the mixing of church and state is right, no matter what state it is. I also do not think it is proper to refer to people from Tennessee in a deleterious manner, as it doesn’t have weight with the subject.

  • TG

    Yes, it would violate both the State and Federal Constitution, Sorry to disappoint you.

  • Bob Schnob

    This is not a “congressional” act, you Derp!

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  • JeffTech

    These religious organizations need to be sued for fraud, there is no god(s).

  • Bob Schnob

    The Bible was an intricate part of the establishment of the Constitution and our God given rights. The Torah is part of the Bible, and the Quran had no influence at all on this countries founding. Even though the Supreme Court sided with Atheists on the separation of church and state – not in the Constitution, and definitely not in the founder’s intent – this is not the establishment of a state religion, but a recognition of the importance of the role this book played in founding of the, at one-time, most free country that has ever been on earth.

  • NathanT

    Exactly. This is religious extremism, plain and simple. These people would be glad to kill, murder, and attack any non-Christian as soon as they get an excuse, and making their book of superstitions a “State Book” would open the flood gates for more of their kind to rationalize attacking people who don’t believe in the same sky spirit they do, or turning a blind eye when their children act out and assault non-Christians in school. This is the first step to state sponsored terrorism from the right wing.

  • yoh

    Blob! The 14th Amendment means ALL states adopt the bill of rights in their laws. “Congress” now refers to legislation at all levels of government. Holy sh1tsnacks! You need some lessons in basic civics. That is some grade A 1gnorance on display.

  • NathanT

    Then keep it at home. You have no right to shove it in anyone’s face.

  • yoh

    In what possible way is the Bible even remotely referenced in the Constitution?

    You can’t cite to a single instance where it’s alleged influence exists.

    Separation of church and state is the guiding principle of the Establishment Clause. The phrase predates the constitution by a century. Any reading of the establishment clause which does not entail separation of church and state, undermines all religious freedoms. You can’t have religious freedom with such blatant sectarian endorsement by government.

    The Bible as venerated by the state is an attack on the liberties of all whose religious belief does not reference it.

  • yoh

    See 1st Amendment, Establishment Clause.

  • Jack

    You apparently don’t know the religious backgrounds of the founding fathers. Most of them were deists. Look it up and look up the Jeffersonian Bible while you’re at it,

  • Sam

    That’s the best comment I’ve read in a long time

  • Jim Forsythe

    Not really! Our government was organized based on the Bible and Christian principals. The Constitution guarantees that we have freedom of Religion, not freedom from religion.

  • Bob Titus

    Hey Nathan, no one would be shoving anything in your face. You don’t want to read the State book, don’t read it. Your right to not read it does not supersede everyone else’s right to read it.

  • Valerie

    Actually, the separation of church and state was established in response to the Danbury Baptists who wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson. Look up the letters between Thomas Jefferson and the Danbury Baptists. It was not the work of atheists. Jefferson recognized that the wall of separation between church and state protected the religious freedoms of all citizens.

  • Tao

    There is no such thing as separation of Church and State… Otherwise we wouldn’t swear on the ‘holy’ bible in the court of law…

  • ben in oakland

    I’m not sure you want ot reference that version of the bible. Jefferson took out all of the supernatural stuff.

  • ben in oakland

    Funny, for a book that was allegedly intricately involved with the bible, it is referenced nowhere in the Constitution. God and Jesus aren’t mentioned. The only references to religion at all are negative, no establishment, no religious test.

    I wonder if you’ve read the constitution?

  • ben in oakland

    I do not swear on the bible, or any book. No atheist would. And plenty of people swear on the bible and then– what shall we call it?– LIE?

  • ben in oakland

    good for you. A man of principle.

  • Richard Rush

    The governor said, “My personal feeling is that this bill trivializes the Bible, which I believe is sacred text.”

    If that’s true, then I would urge the governor to sign the bill. The trivialization of the Bible is long overdue, and I would welcome anything that shortens the time until Christianity takes its rightful place alongside Greek mythology and other defunct religions