MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) – Legislators in Tennessee introduced a bill last week that would designate the Holy Bible as the official state book.
If passed, the bill would legally designate the Holy Bible as Tennessee’s official state book.
A similar effort was made at the state level in 2016, when then-Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would do the same thing.
At the time, Haslam sided with the Attorney General who said designating the Holy Book as the Tennessee book would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
That clause states “no preference shall be ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.”
Thursday’s bill is the first time the issue has been brought up again since 2016.