Louisiana and the Bible as Official State Book

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Louisiana is a step closer to making the Holy Bible its official state book after the House Committee approved the legislation this week, now sending the bill to a full vote in the House of Representatives.

The House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted 8 to 5 to pass the legislation, entitled House Bill 503. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Thomas Carmody (R-Shreveport), argues that the purpose of the bill is not to establish an official religion in the state, but rather to reflect America’s history and founding principles as outlined by the country’s Founding Fathers.

“It’s not to the exclusion of anyone else’s sacred literature,” he told the House committee, according to The Associated Press.

Carmody added later: “This is not about establishing an official religion of the state of Louisiana.”

When one lawmaker asked Carmody if he was prepared to offend Louisiana’s non-Christians with his bill, Carmody repeated that the purpose of the legislation was not to offend or establish a state religion.

“It’s not meant to be offensive,” Carmody said. “There’s no requirement that they would have to follow this particular text.”

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