Should The Bible Be The Official State Book Of Louisiana [POLL]
State Rep. Thomas Carmody filed legislation for the current legislative session that would make the Bible the official state book of Louisiana.
The particular Bible Carmody has in mind is the oldest edition on hand in Louisiana, which is currently at the Louisiana State Museum. It was published by Johannes Prevel, a printer from 1510 to 1528.
According to the digest of the proposed law, it "provides for the recognition and acknowledgement of the legislature as it relates to the state motto as found in the state pledge of allegiance: 'A state, under God, united in purpose and ideals, confident that justice shall prevail for all of those abiding here.'"
Marjorie Esman from the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana told the Louisiana Radio Network that the legislation is an attempt to embody discrimination into state law.
"And if the purpose of this bill is to say that Louisiana is not a welcoming place for anybody who doesn't have these narrow religious views, then it would accomplish that goal," Esman said.
What do you think? Should the legislature approve the Bible as Louisiana's official state book? Let us know in the poll below.