Congress has come under fire for not being able to work together and get things done, but Mississippi GOP Rep. Steven Palazzo thinks he has the answer. Bibles.
Talking Points Memo reports that Palazzo sent bibles, along with a letter, to every House and Senate office. TPM also obtained a copy of the letter, written on his official letterhead.
“On a daily basis, we contemplate policy decisions that impact America’s future. Our staffs provide us with policy memos, statistics, and recommendations that help us make informed decisions. However, I find that the best advice comes through meditating on God’s Word,” Palazzo wrote. “Please find a copy of the Holy Bible to help guide you in your decision-making.”
TPM reports that those on Capitol Hill saw it as a goodwill gesture.
As you’d expect, Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, blasted the move.
“When a politician calls for using the Bible as the basis for public policy, what he or she is really saying is, ‘Let’s use the Bible as I interpret it as the basis for public policy,’” Lynn said. “When it comes to religion, our nation is pluralistic and diverse. Rather than look to the Bible or any other religious book to craft our nation’s public policy, we would do well to examine another source instead, one that was actually created to guide governance. It’s called the Constitution.”