Bible Could Become An Official State Symbol, As Tennessee Approves Bill

State Sen. Ferrell Haile, R-Gallatin (left), speaks during debate on a bill that would make the Bible the state book of Tennessee. At front right is Sen. Steve Southerland, R-Morristown, who sponsored the bill.

This has GOT to be a first!  The Bible could be adopted as a symbol of Tennessee, after the legislature narrowly approved a bill designating “the Holy Bible as the official state book.” The measure now goes to Gov. Bill Haslam. According to NPR, The Senate version of the legislation was sponsored by Sen. Steve Southerland who noted the importance of the Bible in Tennessee’s history – both in its role as a historic record of important family milestones and as the heart of the state’s multimillion–dollar Bible-printing industry. He singled out publishers who have headquarters in Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Gideons International, and United Methodists Publishing House.

Read the NPR article HERE.