April 16, 2015 10:00 pm -


It’s unbelievable that this this would happen because of that little thing called the Constitution that Republicans say they love so much. Maybe one day they’ll read it.

The Republican-controlled state House of Representatives voted 55-38 to approve the Bible as state book. A companion bill could be considered as soon as Thursday in the state Senate, where Republicans hold 28 seats to five for Democrats.

Representative Bud Hulsey, a Republican, told colleagues in support of the bill it is worth the fight “now more than ever.”

Other Republican representatives opposed the bill, citing concerns about how Tennessee might be perceived and the cost of defending it against legal challenges.

“The controversy will not end in this chamber,” Representative Martin Daniel said. “If we pass this, we’re going to be ridiculed.”

Representative Marc Gravitt said the attorney general’s legal opinion made it clear Tennessee could spend millions of dollars in a losing effort to defend the measure if it becomes law.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

17 responses to Tennessee House Approves Making Bible State Book

  1. Warman1138 April 16th, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    The ” not very smart ” crowd has succeeded again.

  2. whatthe46 April 16th, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    they certainly don’t care about spending other peoples money for their selfish wants that will amount to nothing.

  3. William April 16th, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Right wing wackos don’t really care how much of the tax payers money is pissed away on this. It simply cannot pass Constitutional muster, and the Attorney General for Tennessee told them so.

    • Suzanne McFly April 17th, 2015 at 9:03 am

      And “seperation of church and state” are five of them.

      • EnuffBull April 17th, 2015 at 10:04 am

        Nowhere is that listed in the Constitution. The phrase is not mentioned in the Constitution’s text or in any of the debates leading to its ratification.

        Nor is it in the First Amendment. What the Constitution’s First Amendment does say is that government shall make no law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

        The metaphor of a “wall of separation” comes from a letter President
        Thomas Jefferson penned to a group of Baptists in Danbury, Connecticut—a dozen years after the Constitution and Bill of Rights were ratified.

        Please don’t “help” our cause to keep religion out of everyday body of government, by NOT knowing these fundamentals of our free society.

        • Suzanne McFly April 17th, 2015 at 11:04 am

          Sorry I used the more common language to reply to a post on a message board. I figured more people would realize my point by saying “separation between church and state” rather than “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,…”. If I offended you, that was not my intention, but you probably need to learn how to make a point to someone by not talking down to them because it was not received very well on my part.

          • fahvel April 18th, 2015 at 3:54 am

            S, you are too polite.

          • Suzanne McFly April 18th, 2015 at 11:05 am

            I do have my moments, but I like to save them up for proper usage.

  4. granpa.usthai April 17th, 2015 at 3:32 am

    which version of the shattered scriptures will they be going with?

    • Dwendt44 April 18th, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Right wing bible thumpers only use the King James version they stole from the Motel 6 down the street.

  5. bpollen April 17th, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Luckily it failed in the senate. Almost certainly will be dusted off and re-presented next year.

  6. fahvel April 17th, 2015 at 4:14 am

    I use a bible to level the front wheel of my bike when I work out on the indoor trainer. Almost does it but is perfect with a comic book added to the pile.

  7. Foundryman April 17th, 2015 at 9:30 am

    That’s ok, let them do it, Tennessee has tons of money to give to lawyers. The more the right wing nuts can help show the majority of us how stupid they are, the easier it will be to eventually get them out of our government.

  8. allison1050 April 17th, 2015 at 10:17 am

    And so? Little Jonnie Jim Joe Bobby and Sister Sweet Suzzie still won’t be able to read the damned thing!!

  9. fancypants April 17th, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    we learn from our past presidents..

    Our plan will not favor religious institutions over nonreligious institutions. As president, I’m interested in what is constitutional and I’m interested in what works.

    — George W Bush, promoting his scheme to funnel tax dollars into religoius “charities” which will not be held accountable for discriminating against nonreligious and other-religious workers, and the validity of which religious groups are worthy of being funded will be decided by the government (Bush has already stated that the Nation of Islam will not qualify), at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, for which organizers refused to release a full list of attendees, February 1, 2001, quoted from Conrad Goeringer, “Bush Promotes Faith at Prayer Breakfast: Bipartisan Support for New White House Office,”

  10. fahvel April 18th, 2015 at 3:52 am

    suic!ide at the alamo was the only solution for davey crockett – we gotta get outa this place!!!!

  11. Mike April 18th, 2015 at 11:57 am

    So Tennessee adopted a book written by in a foreign language by middle easterners about a Jewish carpenter…I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess there aren’t too many things people in Tennessee hate more than middle easterners and Jews…(excluding Obama)