This blog, written by Thomas E. Rutledge, focuses primarily on business entity law in Kentucky. Postings on contract law, contractual and statutory construction, and the entity law of other jurisdictions appear as well. There may as well be some random discussions of classical, medieval and renaissance history.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Tennessee Legislature to Consider Bill Designating the Bible as the "Official Book" of Tennessee
to Consider Bill Designating the Bible as the
"Official Book" of
As has been widely reported, there is now pending before the
Tennessee legislature bills which, if enacted, would designate the Bible as the
"official book" of Tennessee.HB
0165 and SB 1108. HERE IS A LINK TO HB 0165, and HERE IS A LINK TO SB1108.There is also a House amendment
which adds prefatory language as to why the law is justified; HERE IS ALINK TO THE AMENDMENT. The bills have already
passed both Senate and House Committees.
puzzles me about this effort is how members of the legislature, who are
requiredto swear to uphold the
Tennessee Constitution (see Tennessee
Constitution, section 4) can consider a bill of this nature when that same
Constitution of Tennessee, at section 3, provides in part:
[T]hat no preference shall ever be given, by
law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.
designating an overly religious text the “official book” of Tennessee giving
the religion(s) which rely upon that text a preference.
Also, since there are several books which may
be designated the “Bible,” well, which is it?The Catholic version or the
Protestant version from which several books included in the Catholic Bible were
excluded? The Protestant Bible has 66 books while the canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has 81 books.