The Good Book as State Literature


The majority of Tennesseans, regardless of party, support making the Bible the official state book, according to the latest edition of the Vanderbilt poll. The poll, released Wednesday, shows 60 percent of respondents favor making the Bible the state book. That number drops somewhat among Democrats and Independents, but at least 50 percent of both groups still showed support for the move.

 Self-identified Republicans and Tea Party members overwhelmingly support the idea: 72 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Tea Party members polled said they want Tennessee to recognize the Bible as the state book.

 Lawmakers came very close to officially making the Bible Tennessee’s state book. After considerable debate during mid-April, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted 55-38 to approve the Bible bill as first proposed by Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, a former pastor.