No religious text should be Tennessee’s official book

Mar 24, 2015

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By David Plazas

Tennessee lawmakers have filed unconstitutional, divisive and misguided bills that would make the Holy Bible the official state book.

Both Tennessee and United States’ constitutions expressly respect the rights of individuals to worship freely, but also prohibit the state from favoring one religion over another.

This protects all of us, whether we choose to belong to a religious congregation or not.

We can live peacefully in society without religious tests and choose which religious institutions to attend and which scriptures to honor.

Making a religious text the state’s official tome isn’t like the innocuous act of choosing a state beverage (milk), fruit (tomato) or rock (limestone). This sends a message of exclusion and divisiveness in a state that is becoming more and more diverse.


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6 comments on “No religious text should be Tennessee’s official book

  • No religious text should be Tennessee’s official book
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    @OP – Both Tennessee and United States’ constitutions expressly respect the rights of individuals to worship freely, but also prohibit the state from favoring one religion over another.

    Perhaps an amendment should be moved to change to a different book!

    They can then argue about if this is the gospel of a religion or not!

    The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

    If it is a religion, – it’s unconstitutional!
    If it’s not a religion, it is quite acceptable! (The theist’s dilemma!)



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  • Being unAmerican has bigger stigma that being unChristian.

    We we might have to go after these constitution ignorers with the same ferocity as fundamentalist Christians pointing out they are traitors to the constitution.



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  • eejit Mar 25, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Nice conundrum!

    Here’s another one for someone better informed on US law.

    If the amendment to adopt the Gospel of the FSM was voted down by the state in favour of adopting the bible, and a federal court then ruled the adopting of the bible was unconstitutional and illegal, and also that “Pastafarianism” is not a religion, would the state legislature, then have decided to adopt the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti monster by default (as the second and valid choice in the proposal)??

    Alternatively, – if Pastafarianism was also confirmed as legally a religion, and adoption of their book therefore invalid, could Pastafarians claim tax-free status for their church of the Flying Spaghetti monster?



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  • And if every country decided to use an old book as the basis for their government will we end up having the wars of the books? This brings us into line with the Islamic system.
    Also I get the feeling this could result in bringing back the trials and punishment of witches.



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  • The young Earth climate-change deniers will probably be howling for separation of church and state, if this makes its way into the politics of the USA:-

    Vatican urges action on climate change – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32487874
    .The Encyclical is expected to describe action to cut emissions as “a moral and religious imperative, highlighting the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people – especially the poor, children, and future generations”.

    But he said it was important for all the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to take it seriously. If any Catholic wanted to ignore it they would need “very good reasons – based not on personal or political opinion, but on science.”

    Whether it will prove persuasive for American Republican lawmakers – around a third of whom are Catholic – is yet to be seen.



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