Oppose making the bible the state book of Tennessee


An unconstitutional resolution is advancing through the Tennessee House that would designate the bible the state book of Tennessee. Please take action against this unconstitutional move by zealous legislators to force Christianity upon Tennessee citizens regardless of their religious — or nonreligious — preferences.

The proposed bill, HJR0150, is both illegal and fiscally irresponsible, as it would almost certainly result in a preventable lawsuit that would cost state taxpayers dearly. A virtually identical measure was wisely vetoed by the Tennessee governor in 2015 and declared by the state’s attorney general to violate both the federal and state constitutions. At the time, the General Assembly’s Fiscal Review Committee estimated that the inevitable lawsuit could have set Tennessee back more than $100,000.

Religious faith is a matter for private conscience, not state endorsement. The bible is rife with violence, misogyny, homophobia, genocide, slavery and intolerance of nonbelievers — it has no place as the state book of Tennessee. This resolution has passed out of committee and will now likely be voted on by the entire House. Click on the red “Take Action” link below to call and/or email your representative. Feel free to use or adapt the talking points provided.


Freedom From Religion Foundation

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