Republican Congressman Sends Bible to Every Member of Congress to ‘Guide’ Their Decision Making

steven-palazzoRecently I had an exchange with a conservative where I simply told them that as long as Republicans continue to try to interject religion into our government, they can never claim to stand for “Constitutional values.”

Our First Amendment makes it pretty clear that our government cannot pass laws based on religion.  It’s like I’ve said before, for the words “Christian,” “Christianity,” and “God” to be completely omitted from our Constitution wasn’t done so by accident, but by design.

But even though our First Amendment guarantees every American freedom from religious rule, Republicans constantly try to use the Bible as a reference for crafting our laws.

Take for instance Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) who apparently believes that every member of Congress, even those who aren’t Christians, should use the Bible as a “guide” for decision-making.

Palazzo sent a copy of the Bible to every member of Congress with a letter that said:

“On a daily basis, we contemplate policy decisions that impact America’s future. Our staffs provide us with policy memos, statistics, and recommendations that help us make informed decisions. However, I find that the best advice comes through meditating on God’s Word.

Please find a copy of the Holy Bible to help guide you in your decision-making.”

Was this just a “kind gesture”?  Possibly.  The letter he wrote isn’t an “in your face” kind of declaration of faith like it could have been.  But I still find it a bit strange that he would send a copy of the Bible to every single member of Congress.  Because while his letter didn’t contain anything overtly offensive, it still seems like there’s an underlying message of “these are the principle on which we should base our government.”

Which is clearly in direct violation of our First Amendment.

When it comes to religion, I always go back to my belief that it should just be kept private.  I’ve never quite understood this desire by some to want to force their views on others.  If you want to believe in a particular religion, then by all means go right ahead.  Just don’t try to force others to believe in the same things you do.

So while Palazzo’s intentions might have not been malicious, I still think there’s a clear underlying message he’s sending to members of Congress that he believes we should be basing our government on biblical principles.

Which, thankfully, is unconstitutional.


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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  • Terri Hemker

    Did anyone send theirs back to him???

  • freethefearful

    Maybe the Congressmen can take them to some restaurant who will give them a discount for toting the Bible. If he’s meditating on the Word, he sure isn’t listening.

  • Rod Haney

    I’d toss it in his garbage can.

  • Pat

    let’s all mail him a copy of the Constitution and a reminder that he swore to uphold it, not the bible. The Honorable Steven PalazzoUnited States House of Representatives
    331 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515-2404

    • William Fite

      You be wasting your time he probably has one and probably knows the Constitution better than you.

      • John Holzinger

        If he did he wouldn’t have sent the Bibles….

      • Williamfite

        So how is sending a bible wrong? Or how is sending a bible unconstitutional?

      • Brian

        “Make no laws respecting any church…”

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        there U go again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, annoying a regressive crybaby with FACTS

      • BkDodge42

        Brian, what law did Rep Steven Palazzo enact when he sent out the bibles? Are you familiar with how laws are enacted?

      • James Worcester

        The of impropriety of Mr. “State Farm Steve”Palazzo’s latest self created Photo-Op is in his suggestion for the use of the Bibles, and Brian’s post is a very good and valid reminder to Mr. P. of his ethical and legal duties.

      • BkDodge42

        His office sent out the bibles after checking with the Ethics Committee, no photo op taken. No law was passed or enacted by passing out the bibles. Look at open secrets to find what industry Steve Palazzo’s contributions come from and your State Farm claim fails also.

      • James Worcester

        “Photo-Op used as a generic term for publicity seeking, which is what “State Farm Steve” is best at. Nickname from the face that his campaign was heavily invested in by insurance industry to unseat Gene Taylor. He can pass out Bibles, but he cannot advise they be used in the Legislative process. I don’t know if you are from Mississippi’s Fourth District, but I am, and sorry to say, this is what my Congressman does instead of working for the people who elected him.

      • Jeff

        It is not unconstitutional but it is wrong…..didn’t you read the article?????

      • BkDodge42

        Jill Duckworth, a spokeswoman for Palazzo, said the office first checked
        with the House Committee on Ethics to make sure it was okay to
        distribute the Bibles. She said officials there said it wasn’t the first
        time such gifts have been shared.

      • Retrodude

        It’s wrong simply because this is America, and we have freedom OF religion. We don’t make laws based on ONE’S religious views. Get it? I’m sure if he sent a copy of the Satanic bible, conservatives would be screaming from the rooftops.

      • DavidD

        It is intrusive ,presumptive and disrespectful as unasked public biblethumping for private gain always is.
        It’s none of your godamm business what my religious beliefs are and if I want your advice I’ll ask for it.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        send ALL religious faiths books,,,,,,,,,,,,, not just YOUR ( his) favorite flavor.
        bible: shown to have so many flaws and contradictions it should sold in comic book/ fiction book stores

      • janet

        So, let me get this straight: We as free Americans have NO right to be, act, live, teach, express, our live religiously?

      • John Holzinger

        That is not the point. Making law based on religious belief is unconstitutional. You and anyone are free to live as you choose, that’s what makes this country great. You just can’t force your belief on others. As someone said, we have from “of” religion, but also freedom “from” religion.

      • James Worcester

        His suggestion of governing on Biblical principle is unconstitutional. I know “State Farm” Steve (nicknamed after the Corporartion who bought him his Congressional seat). This is nothing more on his part than another in a long and unproductive series if photo-ops.

      • Michael Keville

        I doubt it

      • DavidD

        He probably knows it at least as well as he knows his Bible.Most Bible thumpers don’t read it but have the parts the local Chamber of Commerce wants them to know shouted at them.
        I’m a rural Southerner who sees some congregations get their political marching orders every Sunday.
        The preachers seek power and money from the local oligarchy and know which side their bread is buttered on..

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        go get him ( fite) david!!!

      • DavidD

        Thank you for your kind support.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        ive torn into him so much he is afraid to reply— I slap him silly with CBO facts and numbers from US treasury regarding the policies ( federally) of dems and repubs

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        mad magazine has better socio-economic answers for congress than a dead and misogynist ” bible”

      • James Worcester

        He’s a CPA, knows little to nothing about the Constitution. Trust me, I know the guy.

    • BkDodge42

      Yes he has sworn to uphold the Constitution, with this oath:
      I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of
      the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will
      bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this
      obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion,
      and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office
      on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

      Oops, So help me God – While swearing on the Bible to uphold the constitution. If we get this to him for the first bit of business, right after the House chaplain offers the opening prayer

      • DavidD

        You can ask to be affirmed rather than sworn and ask that God be omitted and the this non oath is just as binding.
        The House sky pilot can say whatever he/she wants to but I don’t do public prayer.
        The RWNJ who use religion as a club are in contradiction with the Constitution and the long term all they will do is engender disrespect for religion.
        The Churches in Europe are empty for a reason.

  • Eg Kbbs

    One additional fact: He is the House Whip and therefore has some forms of power over repubs who don’t vote his way.

    • BkDodge42

      You have it half right, the Majority Whip’s first name is Steve, but it is Steve Scalise and not Steven Palazzo.

      Rep. Steven Palazzo
      Rep. Steven Palazzo

  • William Fite

    Speculate much Allen? He DID NOT say anything about the government should be run on Christian principles. He was just hoping that the would use God when they make a decision.

    • Michael Keville

      Thinly veiled horse shit

      • William Fite

        I do agree. The article is thinly veiled horse shit.

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    • Pipercat

      Fabulous! Thank you for sharing such an enlightening example of circular reasoning. As such, it occurs to me, that you spend the entire day running around in circles try to slap yourself on the ass!

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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      • Pipercat

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    • Bill Lommey

      Then why not send the Quran? It’s also the word of God.

      • Corey

        or the Satanic Bible ?

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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      • Or the Book of Mormon, for that matter. I wonder if Mitt Romney would have sworn in using that had he won the election? (shudder)

    • Retrodude

      Then the Bible should have nothing to do with any of this.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        fite is a crybaby regressive schill who ONLY bemoans democrats and liberals.

    • giankeys luvs shemale porn

      ” GOD”??? which/who’s GOD???? why does it have to be HIS dubious GOD???
      NOTE: “god” aint jeeeesus; god aint anyone who ever walked upon this earth
      religion is for NON thinking simpletons-
      God is ok– REEEEE-ligion is NOT
      =============================================
      now- about that comparison with repub VS democrat federal policies and their effects upon ALL americans over the past 25 yrs,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, seems U didn’t get back 9 smart as U would get crushed again and again

    • DavidD

      Which God?I believe there are lots of different versions.

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  • Corey

    another waste of tax payers money, and i thought ALL congressmen already get a Jefferson Bible when them become members of congress?! the difference beibg President Thomas Jeffersons has removed all the supernatural bull crap like virgin births, which he gawked at.

  • pinballsdoll

    stop the madness

  • DavidD

    Fifty years ago he might have faced an ass whipping from someone who thought he was way out of place intruding into private matters.
    Some one pushing religion on you like you are an idiot child was regarded as disrespectful and a hostile act.
    I still do and will verbally cut strangers who use religion for personal gain.

    • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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  • giankeys luvs shemale porn

    another loser regressive republican white trash I would love to face-punch: and Im not even violent!!

  • radsenior

    While standing by the Confederate flag – The symbol of bigotry, prejudice, discrimination and hatred of the old south and the KKK!

    • DavidD

      The Confederate flag belongs in the graveyard for the vets who fought in that war down here.
      Most of us know people who fly it now are just looking for trouble and most of us think of them as silly powerless losers living in a fantasy world.
      He has sworn an oath on his Bible to support the Constitution.Unless it’s Memorial Day or Veterans Day it is also a symbol of total disrespect to the rule of law and our common country.
      No man can serve two masters and his actions are based on personal power not morality based on the Bible or the Constitution.
      His actions contradict his supposed beliefs in either .

    • BkDodge42

      Radsenior, have you seen the Mississippi State flag? One of the other posters have indicated that the flag in the background of the photo is most likely the Mississippi State flag. Sorry to burst your bubble.

  • props2u

    In other words, he is 100% useless. The people of Mississippi voted for him. So they will get what they ask for. More poverty. Out of the 100 poorest counties in America, republicans run 93 of them. And they keep getting re-elected. Go figure.

  • meme

    And knowing something wonderful and not wanting others to miss out on it si a bad thing? all you have to do is put it in the garbage. You don’t have to read it. He did nothing wrong, just followed the Bibles instructions to share the good news.

    • DavidD

      What you find wonderful others may find offensive.Are your subjective feelings so strong that it gives you the right to cause offense to others.
      I’m happy you have found joy in your religious pursuits and wish you more in the days to come but I will resent you and your message if you are rude and shove it in my face.
      While that very well might not be your intent people will take it that way.
      Would it not be better to actually struggle to practice your beliefs in your every day life and not push it unbidden on people?
      Your struggle to follow your path will engender respect for them and questions about it.
      Free will is more than a religious doctrine and as a methodolgy insures more real faith than unwelcome meddling .

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        I doubt he will reply objectively; if at all

    • Retrodude

      How ARROGANT. If we as adults need spiritual enlightening, then WE will seek it out on our own. The sheer arrogance of many Christians is quite frankly disgusting. If I sent some Wiccan literature to you, what would YOUR reaction be?

  • Henk Um

    Sweep for bugs…

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  • rob

    Republicans choose to uphold the second amendment but ignore the first. Bearing arms and not respecting other’s beliefs is a dangerous stance. If it was up to Republicans we would be ruled not by the Muslim Brotherhood but by the Christian Brotherhood. In the end it is the same evil

  • James Worcester

    This man is a CPA who was in the Army National Guard sent to Iraq, and sent back early on active duty. He sat in his office and bragged about about drawing an Army paycheck and his CPA salary at the same time while doing nothing for the Army. He has done the same in his Congressional service; absolutely nothing. He is an embarrasment to the state. Worthless. No Christian, that’s a sure bet.

  • “TheDixieDrifter”

    Curious to know which version ?