Posted: Apr 21, 2014 6:08 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Apr 21, 2014 6:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Even before a state lawmaker pulled his plan to make the Bible the state book, many devout Christians already said they did not think it was a good idea.
Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade believes firmly in the Bible, but she understands that not everyone shares her beliefs and faith.
"The Bible is very important to me personally," McCullough-Bade said. "But I know it may not be for my neighbor."
"We have to recognize we live in a diverse population, a diverse state," McCullough-Bade said. "That's a reality. Not everyone of faith has the Bible as their book."
She said the move would alienate other faithful people in the state who are Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist.
Of course not all Christians agree. Some think the Bible should be the state's official book.
"In my opinion, the Bible is what I base my life off of," said Sydney Bryant of Baton Rouge. "I don't see why it shouldn't be the state book."
Other Christians remain uncertain on the issue.
"I'm a devout Christian, Baptist in fact," said Donna Riddle of Baton Rouge. "I have it under consideration. No real opinion right now."
State Representative Thomas Carmody, (R-Shreveport) decided not to move his bill further, but said it was not intended to be a state endorsement of Christianity or a specific religion.