Controversial Bill Would Make the Holy Bible Louisiana’s State Book
Louisiana lawmakers are hell bent on making the Holy Bible the state’s official book. Earlier last week, the Louisiana House Committee voted in support of a controversial measure that would make the Bible the first document to in Louisiana history to be deemed a state book.
However, those that oppose this bill say it goes against the United States Constitution, which makes state religions illegal. “You cannot separate Christianity from the Bible,” said state Representative Wesley Bishop. “If you adopt the Bible as the official state book, you also adopt Christianity as the state religion ... We are going to open ourselves up to a lawsuit.”
Supporters seem less worried about the potential of legal action and more concerned about which version of the Bible to use once the bill advances. Some argue that all versions of the Bible should be included. “Why not put all versions of the Bible?” Representative Robert Billiot asked. “If there’s one, what are we saying about the rest of the people?”
It should come as no surprise that the threat of the Bible becoming the state book of Louisiana has the ACLU all twisted up. “This whole thing is really a not very well concealed effort to use discrimination against those people in Louisiana who do not include the Holy Bible in their belief system,” said Marjorie Esman, executive director of the Louisiana chapter. “It’s unfortunate that Louisiana thinks it’s okay to try and enshrine discrimination in the law.”