As Franklin Graham had recently shared, Tennessee was considering making the Bible her state book. In an age where Christianity is becoming increasingly more unpopular, this was (pleasantly) surprising news. However, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee voted it down, calling it unconstitutional, reports The Christian Post.
Here was his reasoning: "In addition to the constitutional issues with the bill, my personal feeling is that this bill trivializes the Bible, which I believe is a sacred text. If we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, then we shouldn't be recognizing it only as a book of historical and economic significance. If we are recognizing the Bible as a sacred text, then we are violating the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of Tennessee by designating it as the official state book. Our founders recognized that when the church and state were combined, it was the church that suffered in the long run," Haslam said.
"I strongly disagree with those who are trying to drive religion out of the public square. All of us should and must bring our deepest beliefs to the places we are called, including government service. Men and women motivated by faith have every right and obligation to bring their belief and commitment to the public debate. However, that is very different from the governmental establishment of religion that our founders warned against and our Constitution prohibits," added the governor.
Kind of a tight-rope walking statement! It sounds like Haslam is attempting to appeal to both Christians and non-Christians. What do you make of his reasoning? Do you agree or disagree? Let us hear your thoughts in the Comments! Thank you!