Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Atty. Gen. Rejects Bible as Official Tenn. Book; Says Doing So Violates US,Tenn. Constitutions

Tennessee's attorney general said yesterday that a bill under consideration in the legislature to make the Bible the official state book would be an unconstitutional endorsement, the Religion News website reports today (April 15, 2015).

The bill would violate both the U.S. Constitution and Tennessee's state constitution, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III said.

"I am quite confident that the Bible's distinguished place in history will not be diminished in the absence of a state's endorsement," Slatery said in a statement.

He said that Tennessee's constitution states "no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship."

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