Thursday, April 16, 2015

In Defiance Of Federal Law, Tennessee’s GOP House Votes Bible As ‘Official State Book’

From Addicting Info:

If at first you don’t “secede”, try, try again. That must be why Tennessee state House Republicans just voted to pass a bill declaring the Bible the “official state book.” Separation of church and state? They don’t need no stinkin’ separation of church and state.

But in this case, News Channel 5 reports even state GOP leaders think this Bible-as-state-book bill goes too far.

More here.

Needless to say, this appears to be a pretty in-your-face violation of the first amendment's establishment clause: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." And because the fourteenth amendment made the Bill of Rights apply to the states, well, Tennessee just can't do this.  No state can make the Bible, or the Torah, or the Koran, or ANY religious book its "official book."  Totally against the law.

But even if you don't care about the law - maybe you're very, very religious or something, and believe that your interpretation of the Bible supersedes whatever you want it to supersede - you're still barking up the wrong tree when you support this sort of thing.

Here's a good Bible verse.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."

- Ephesians 2:8

When you support using the government to force Christianity on people, you're not getting any of those people into Heaven.  I mean, it may very well feel really good to think about ramming Jesus down people's throats, but it's all for your own vanity and nothing else.  Because without faith, it's all a waste of time.  And what's worse, the more you do this sort of thing, the more "official" you make Christianity, the more you up the incentive for people to pay lip service to Jesus without any faith at all.  A nation of people who say they're believers, but really aren't. 

A joke "Christian nation."  

Just because you really dig using the government to force your religion on people.  There's just no other way to see this than as a lose/lose scenario.  No upside at all.  Really, all this leads me to believe that the so-called "Christians" who want prayer in school, special social privileges, etc., really don't give two shits about anybody's soul.  They just want to lord it over people.

Bunch of dicks, if you ask me.