The above article covers the passing of a bill in the Tennessee senate to make the Bible the official state book.
Beyond the questions of church and state separation and showing favor for one religion over others, I found one particular quote interesting. State Senator Steve Southerland defended the bill by saying, “The Holy Bible is a history book.” A fellow state senator, Ferrell Haile, replied, “The Bible is a book of history, but it is not a history book to be placed on the shelf.” I know Senator Haile’s opinion lines up with what is spoken about here on CAF, but I want to go back to Seantor Southerland’s quote.
It seems odd to me when a believer will undercut the purpose of a religious item or concept in order to slip it into public use. Some of those who support crosses on public property will claim they are not religious symbols. Some of those who want the 10 Commandments in courthouses, will forego the religious thrust of the first four commandments. Some of those who support the use of “In God We Trust” on things like money and public vehicles will play coy as though the phrase covers a litany of beliefs. And here we have a state senator trying to make the case for The Bible not as a religious text but as a historical one (a case that falls quite flat).