Tennessee chooses Bible as official book to join sniper gun as official rifle

Tennessee chooses Bible as official book to join sniper gun as official rifle

Tennessee lawmakers have voted to make the Bible the state's official book.

They have already made a .50-calibre sniper gun the official state rifle.

The state Senate gave final approval on a 19-8 vote despite arguments the measure conflicts with a provision in the state Constitution that "no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship".

Republican Senator Steve Southerland argued his bill is aimed at recognising the Bible for its historical and cultural contributions to the state, rather than as government endorsement of religion.

Opponents argued the Bible would be trivialised by being placed alongside other state symbols like the official tree, rock or amphibian.

The measure heads to Republican Govenor Bill Haslam, who has not said whether he will issue a veto.

More in this Section

Woman feared dead as Britain counts the cost of Storm DennisWoman feared dead as Britain counts the cost of Storm Dennis

Coronavirus: Americans from quarantined cruise ship land back in USCoronavirus: Americans from quarantined cruise ship land back in US

Boris Johnson faces calls to sack controversial Number 10 adviserBoris Johnson faces calls to sack controversial Number 10 adviser

More than 200 Heathrow flights grounded after ‘technical issue’More than 200 Heathrow flights grounded after ‘technical issue’


Lifestyle

New York’s most stylish actors are loving the cosy cardi look, says Katie Wright.Cardigans are cool again: how to wear them celeb style

When relaxing is just too much effort.The rise of the ‘micro-cation’ – the latest millennial travel trend

It’s becoming a growing problem.What should you do with your e-waste?

Oh, the shame of flygskam!Travel Notes with Tom Breathnach: Lighten your footprint

More From The Irish Examiner