Louisiana Lawmakers Pushing Bill to Make Bible Official State Book

bible-5When it comes to the topic of religion and government I don’t get why this is still a debate.  The First Amendment couldn’t be anymore clear.  We’re a nation that, in no way, will base our government (any government) on religious principles.

Freedom of religion means that citizens, in private, can practice any religion they want as much as they want.  Again, in private.  

For some reason conservatives just seem unable to grasp this concept.  To them, “freedom of religion” gives them the right to force their religion onto other people.  You know, the opposite of “freedom of religion” for those who do not agree with whatever religion is trying to be forced upon them.

Well, a bill in Louisiana seeks to do two things.  First it would make the Bible Louisiana’s official state book.  And second it will waste a lot of taxpayer money, as this bill (if passed) will ultimately be deemed unconstitutional when all is said and done.

Conservatives seem to believe that the Tenth Amendment allows states to do whatever they want.  It’s the infamous “states’ rights” amendment.  The very amendment bigots and racists have used forever to defend things like slavery, segregation, bans on interracial marriage and more recently opposition to same-sex marriage.

And it’s true, the Tenth Amendment does give states certain rights – as long as those rights don’t violate the Constitution.  Declaring a religious text like the Bible the “official state book” would do just that.

For those who would say this isn’t a violation of the First Amendment, how exactly can a state adopt the religious book from one religion without adopting the entire religion?  Making the Bible the official state book would essentially make Christianity the official religion of Louisiana.

The most maddening part of this entire thing is the fact that if the bill passes, there’s no way it holds up in court.  So if this bill eventually becomes law all it will do is waste time, money and accomplish absolutely nothing because it will be struck down by some court that actually follows our Constitution.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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