The Bible as the state book?

State Rep. Jerry Sexton has introduced a bill that would make the Bible the state book of Tennessee. That’s fine. I’m actually ambivalent about whether or not it’s a good idea. I’d probably vote for it if I were a lawmaker, but it’s largely a symbolic act.

I haven’t read any commentary on the story and don’t have to. I am quite confident anti-Christian groups such as the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are reeling over the news and probably are already preparing lawsuits should the bill ever pass.

This brings to the forefront the false concept we have come to know as “separation of church and state.” That idea is born out of the establishment clause contained in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reads, in part, that “Congress shall make no law….” A proper rendering of words reveals that the First Amendment applies only to the U.S. Congress and not state legislatures. So any attempt to apply “separation of church and state” to Rep. Sexton’s bill is a false application. But the First Amendment is falsely applied all the time, so the reaction to this bill won’t be anything new.


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