Thursday, April 14, 2016

Haslam Vetoes 'Bible-as-State-Book' Bill

Says bill both trivializes Bible and violates church-state provisions.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 11:42 PM

click to enlarge veto_bible_bill.jpg

Gov. Bill Haslam has vetoed SB1108/HB615, the bill, passed by both chambers of the General Assembly, that would make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee.
In a letter to House Speaker Beth Harwell announcing the veto, Haslam said, inter alia:

"In addition to the constitutional issues with the bill, my personal feeling is that this bill trivializes the Bible, which I believe is a sacred text," Haslam wrote in a letter to House Speaker Beth Harwell.

"If we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, then we shouldn't be recognizing it only as a book of historical and economic significance. If we are recognizing the Bible as a sacred text, then we are violating the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee by designating it as the official state book."

It remains to be seen if attempts will be made by the legislaturre to override the veto, with the General Assembly scheduled to adjourn next week.

The Governor's letter can be accessed  below:

Tags: , ,

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment


Speaking of School Consolidation


Readers also liked…

  • Cohen Tells It!

    In which Memphis’ Democratic congressman Steve Cohen, addressing an apparent GOP effort to muddy the waters on the Russian inquiry, not only takes no crap but gives it back where it came from. This is worth watching from beginning to end -- even for those who might disagree on the politics of the matter.
    • Jul 26, 2017
  • Tennessee Legislators Act to Disqualify Cruz for Presidency

    Yarbro, Powell introduce bill banning any candidate why is not "natural born" from ballot or from receiving electoral votes.
    • Jan 25, 2016
  • "Last Holiday Party," a Bi-Partisan Fundraiser, Defies the Elements

    Karaoke event to benefit South Memphis Alliance draws good crowd despite the weather; meanwhile, a memorial service for the late Robert Hummel is scheduled for Sunday.
    • Jan 10, 2016

Most Commented On

© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation