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Friday, April 15, 2016

Tennessee Bible Bill: Can’t have it both ways

Bill Haslam    (USDA photo)
Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam, is thinking logically:  a book can’t be R and not R all at the same time.

But when the “R” stands for religion, all logical bets are off. At least in the Tennessee House of Representatives…

The Huffington Post reports that the Bible, which is widely believed in Tennessee to be “the inspired word of God,” has lately been called non-religious by members of that state’s legislature.  Why?  In order to push through a bill that would make the Bible their official state book.

In order to do so, and yet appear to be in compliance with separation of church and state, these legislators are claiming that the Bible is simply “a book of historical and economic significance.”

Takes a wise leader to remind folks that they can’t have it both ways.  Haslam recently penned these words to the Tennessee House Speaker:  Our founders recognized that when the church and state were combined, it was the church that suffered in the long run.    


Copyright April 15, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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