By Hemant Mehta
In 2015, Tennessee State Rep. Jerry Sexton filed a bill to make the Holy Bible the official state book.
It didn’t work. While the bill passed in the House, the Senate did nothing with it, in part because even Attorney General Herbert Slatery said it was unconstitutional.
In 2016, Sexton’s GOP colleague State Sen. Steve Southerland tried again… and failed.
Now Sexton is giving it another shot. The substantive part of House Bill 2778 is just a sentence long: “The Holy Bible is hereby designated as the official state book.”
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