Tennessee Senate Kills Bill Making Bible Official State Book
The Republican controlled senate in Tennessee voted “No” on a bill Thursday to make the Holy Bible the official state book, a move that has drawn both praise and ire from conservatives.
Having passed the Tennessee house Wednesday by a vote of 55-38, the senate killed the bill Thursday by a whopping 22-9 vote, sending the bill back to committee.
“This isn’t the time or place now in the full Senate floor to delve into that. We really need to look into it in committee,” Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said about two hours before the vote.
Attorney General for Tennessee Herbert Slatery III strongly opposed the bill, saying it violates separation of church and state, while Republican Governor Bill Haslam denounced the bill as disrespectful. More