Tennessee Won't Make The Bible Its Official State Book ... For Now
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have made the Bible the state's official book. He said it would have trivialized the Scripture.By Grant Suneson | April 14, 2016
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have made the Bible the official state book.
It's not because Haslam has a problem with the Bible, but the opposite. He said, "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."
Those constitutional issues he mentioned come from a passage in the state’s constitution that says “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.”