Jerry Sexton may be a freshman Republican in the Tennessee state legislature but he has already learned how to pander to the rubes with symbolic gestures. He has submitted a bill that would make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee.
Freshman Rep. Jerry Sexton wants to add the Bible to the state symbols of Tennessee.
According to the Bean Station Republican’s legislation, the Holy Bible would be “designated as the official state book.”
It’s unclear how the proposal would meet a provision in Tennessee Constitution that states that “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.”…
Sexton says his law wouldn’t force religion “on any Tennessean. Simply because it is a religious book does not disqualify it from consideration, nor does it take away from its historically important role.”
Politically, it’s a savvy move. It doesn’t actually do anything, but it does position him as the pro-Jesus legislator. In Tennessee, that can’t be a disadvantage for you. And anyone who opposes him can be dismissed as anti-Christian and probably a Muslim commie bastard too.