Louisiana Legislator: We Shouldn’t Adopt King James Bible As State Book Because It’s Not Inclusive of All Christians

We learned a couple of weeks ago that Louisiana Republican State Rep. Thomas Carmody wants to turn a copy of the King James Bible into the official state book:

Yesterday afternoon, the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted 8-5 in favor of sending the bill to the full House — but many of the committee members had a problem with the legislation.

About damn time, right? Surely someone there would be a voice of reason, explaining how the KJV, a Bible that not even all Christians use, shouldn’t be the official book for a diverse state!

And that voice of reason was Rep. Stephen Ortego:

“Let’s make this more inclusive of other Christian faiths, more than just the ones that use the King James version.”

Yep. That’s the problem with the KJV. It doesn’t apply to all Christians. If only the State Book would be more inclusive of the people who matter!

Ortego wasn’t the only legislator with a bad proposal. Here’s Rep. Ebony Woodruff‘s bright idea:

[Woodruff] tried to amend the bill to declare “all books of faith” the official state books of Louisiana, but the proposal failed 5-8.

All books of faith?! Do we get to throw in Dianetics? What about The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Who would get to decide which books count and which don’t?

I wish that amendment passed, because it would’ve opened all the cans of worms… but Carmody refused to accept the revision, anyway.

Louisiana may soon become the only other state besides Alabama to adopt a Bible as the Official State Book. It’s a testament to how narrow-minded these politicians are, that they would openly choose a book that doesn’t honor the state’s own born and bred writers, doesn’t apply to many of their constituents, and could lead to lawsuits that punish the state’s taxpayers.

(Thanks to Randall for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.


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