The gap between church and state might just get a whole lot smaller for the state of Tennessee.
Freshman Rep. Jerry Sexton has proposed a legislation that would designate the Holy Bible as the official state book of the southern state, according to the Associated Press.
However, the legislation would first have to reconcile with the Tennessee Constitution which states that “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.”
This legislation would be coming at the heels of the American Bible Society recently voting four cities in the state among the top 30 “most Bible-minded cities,” according to the Tennessean. Chattanooga was the highest of the four standing at number two just behind Birmingham, Alabama. Knoxville stood in 11th place, with Nashville and Memphis in 14th and 27th place, respectively.
The Bible mindedness of the cities was determined through survey respondents’ reading habits. The more times they read the Bible, the higher the mindedness of the respondent.
Tennessee has many state symbols including the tomato as the state fruit, the tulip poplar as the state tree, the Tennessee cave salamander as the state amphibian, the square dance as the state folk dance, and several state songs including “Tennessee Waltz” and “Rocky Top.”
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