Tennessee Governor Vetoes Bill Making Bible Official Book

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Tennessee Governor Vetoes Bill Making Bible Official Book


Schelzig, Erik, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


NASHVILLE, Tenn. * Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill seeking to make Tennessee the first state to designate the Bible as its official book.

Haslam, who as a college graduate considered going to seminary before deciding to join the family truck stop business, said in his veto message that the bill "trivializes the Bible, which I believe is a sacred text."

The bill had narrowly passed both chambers of the Tennessee Legislature after sponsors said it aimed at honoring the significance of the Bible in the state's history and economy, as opposed to a government endorsement of religion.

Lawmakers passed the bill despite the state attorney general's warning that the bill would violate both the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions. …

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