The Bible could become the official book of Louisiana if state legislators approve a bill set to come to a vote in the next few days.
That bill would make “the oldest edition of the Holy Bible in the Louisiana State Museum” the official book of the Bayou State, according to NPR. It was passed 8 to 5 out of the Munipical, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee by a mix of both Republicans and Democrats, it said.
“This is not about establishing an official religion,”, state Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport told the Times-Picayune.
Legislators had considered a change in language to make the King James Version of the Bible, a general translation of the book, the official state book, before deciding that could alienate Christians who use different translations, NPR said. Rep. Ebony Woodruff, D-Harvey, also had tried to amend the bill to declare “all books of faith” the official state books, according to the Times-Picayune. That amendment failed 5-8, and Carmody told the newspaper he “certainly would be against that.”
Illinois has an official state fossil (Tully monster) and state snack (popcorn), but no official state book.
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