Nashville’s ABC News affiliate reports:
A Tennessee state representative wants to make the Holy Bible the official state book of Tennessee. Representative Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) is sponsoring House Joint Resolution 150, a resolution which has in previous years been sponsored but failed to pass. His resolution adds such a designation of making the Bible the official state book would keep with religious connotations reflected in other State symbols and songs.
From the resolution:
WHEREAS, the Holy Bible has great historical and cultural significance in the State of Tennessee as a record of the history of Tennessee families that predates some modern vital statistical records; and
WHEREAS, according to the Secretary of State, before the 20thcentury, Tennessee and many other states did not keep comprehensive records of births, marriages, and deaths; and
WHEREAS, families recorded their own vital records in family Bibles that were passed down through the generations; and
WHEREAS, because these Bibles contain a history of Tennessee families that may not be found otherwise, the Tennessee State Library and Archives holds hundreds of family Bible records in several formats and within many collections;
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED TWELFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that we hereby designate the Holy Bible as the official State book.
As you’ll see at the resolution link, Sexton finds evidence of Jesus in two of the official state bugs (agricultural and regular insect), in the official state songs, and in the official state poem. Which settles it!
Sexton last appeared on JMG earlier this month when with state Sen. Mark Pody, he introduced a bill that would allow rapists to prevent their victims from getting an abortion.
The pair has attempted to make the bible the official state book every year since 2015. The closest they came was in 2018 when the bill passed both chambers only to be vetoed by then-Gov. Bill Haslam.