Mississippi Lawmakers Try Again To Make Bible The Official State Book

| by Michael Allen

Democratic Mississippi state Reps. Tom Miles and Michael Evans proposed making the Bible the official state book in 2015.

"Me and my constituents, we were talking about it and one of them made a comment that people ought to start reading the Bible," Evans told at the time.

Evans and his constituents were discussing "all the things going wrong in the world" when the suggestion of making the Bible the official book of Mississippi came up.

"I believe in the Bible," Evans said, but he added that "the bill doesn't force anyone to read it," even though he hoped the bill would encourage people to read the book of his religion.

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The Friendly Atheist notes that the bill didn't make it out of a committee in 2015, but Miles and Evans have recently proposed House Bill 840, which says the "Holy Bible is hereby designated as the official state book of Mississippi."

Sources:, Friendly Atheist, State of Mississippi / Photo Credit: Infrogmation of New Orleans/Wikimedia

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