Lawmaker shelves bill to name Bible as state book

Making the Bible state book of Louisiana would bring a lawsuit, very expensive one, according to some legislators. Ya think? Some legislators opine that designating the Bible the official state book might cross the line of the constitutional separation of church and state. Really? For a long time we’ve had state songs, state birds, state minerals, and even state fish. Do we really want to compare the importance of the Bible with a fish?—Rabbi Baker

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Shreveport lawmaker is scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana’s official state book.

Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody told the state House on Monday that he wouldn’t pursue the measure. He said lawmakers had told him they were worried the bill was becoming a distraction from more important debates, like the state budget.

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