According to KXAN-TV, Austin, a Republican from Texas, has proposed that the Lone Star State declare the Bible the only state book.
The resolution, submitted by State Representative Glenn Rogers, (R-Brownwood), explains that the Bible has served as a source of “wisdom and inspiration” for Texas historical figures such as Davy Crockett and Sam Houston. HCR 11 also says 30 Texas governors have been sworn in with a Bible believed to have belonged to Houston.
“…. As a prominent element in the rich fabric of our Texas heritage, the Bible truly deserves such recognition.” reads the resolution.
I’m not sure how it would help Texans to make the Bible the official state book, of course, except it predictably drives a wedge between the Christians in the state and non-Christians. It would make much more sense to turn the state book into a manual on how to maintain the electrical grid after the right-wing government has deliberately set it aside. Or maybe a children’s book about how not to get in the back of Cruz’s windowless white van, no matter how many Hai Karate-refreshing Werther’s Originals he offers you.
Of course, even before Rogers and his ilk hear protests from their non-religious and other non-Christian brethren, they will likely face a murderous Jesus bickering. As KXAN-TV points out, there is no single universally accepted version of the Bible, any more than a single universally recognized recipe for Rice Krispies treats.
The short resolution does not provide an overview That However, the Bible would become the official book of the state. Cambridge University explains: 11 of the most popular English versions are the English Standard Version, The New American Standard Bible, the New International Version (NIV) and the most popular, the King James.
How about a Bible that contains the Genesis creation story, followed by hundreds of blank pages where most of the questionable things would normally be, and then just the pieces of Jesus? I can practically guarantee that most Texas “Christians” won’t notice.
This proposal is obviously unconstitutional, but given the current composition of the US Supreme Court, it could very well stand up to challenged. That said, only 77% of adults in Texas consider themselves Christian, and according to a Pew Research survey, 18% consider themselves religiously unaffiliated.
Of course, many states have a lot of official “stuff” – birds, fish, rocks, mottos, nicknames. That said, while they may be a little dubious in certain cases, most of these symbols generally don’t evoke the kind of controversy that a holy book might. The only exception may be Idaho, where the official state animal is a farting reindeer, according to L. Ron Hubbard’s apocryphal quotes. (I haven’t checked that, but it sounds about right.)
Of course, this bible-as-state book charade has been tried before at the state level, because while conservatives claim to love the Constitution, it’s an open question whether any of them have actually read it. This year Tennessee tried the same nonsense. That proposal followed Bill Haslam’s Government vetoed a similar resolution in 2016.
You may be thinking, hey, “In God We Trust” is already on our money, and Marjorie Taylor Greene is in Congress instead of being strapped into a space capsule racing to the surface of the sun, so what’s the harm in giving worshipers a Government – Sanctioned Holy Bone? And, certainly, if the resolution is successful, it will not end America. It’ll just cut away a little bit more of what makes our country really great.
And with everything going on these days, that’s really the last thing we need, isn’t it?
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