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Bill naming the Bible as Louisiana state book passes in committee

1 year ago April 10, 2014 Apr 10, 2014 Thursday, April 10 2014 Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:31:04 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book, despite concerns the bill would land the Legislature in court.

A House municipal committee advanced the bill Thursday with an 8-5 vote.

Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody, of Shreveport, says he sponsored the proposal after a constituent made the request. But Carmody insisted the bill wasn't designed to be a state-endorsement of Christianity or a specific religion.

Lawmakers who voted against the measure say it raises questions about whether Louisiana would be violating the separation of church and state.

Rep. Wesley Bishop, a Democrat from New Orleans, opposed the bill. He says as a preacher's son, he loved the concept.

But he says as a lawyer, he thinks it would open the state to lawsuits.

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