Bill would make Bible official state book of Tennessee

Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make the Bible the official state book despite concerns that giving it the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and that it could be unconstitutional.

The Tennessee measure has moved swiftly through the legislative process and could be on the House and Senate floors as early as next week.

Similar proposals to make the Bible the state book failed in Mississippi earlier this year and in Louisiana last year.

However, Republican Sen. Steve Southerland of Morristown, the sponsor of the Tennessee proposal, said he believes it has a strong chance to pass.

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