A slap with the Bible Belt

April 17, 2014


Cody Sexton
Entertainment Editor




A bill is making its way through the Louisiana state legislature that would make the Bible the state book.


This came as joyous news to some of the religious, outrageous shock to those who see it as a violation of the First Amendment and a complete surprise to me because I had no idea such a label existed. State book? That’s a thing? It reminds me of those labels given to random days of the year like the recent National Sibling Day.


The elected officials of this state are spending time, energy and taxpayers’ dollars trying to give the Bible a glorified title. This sounds like a story someone from a different state would tell to parody how ridiculous the South is, but it happens to be true.


Honestly, it is not surprising that something like this is happening. I did not even bother to get upset over the people who are wasting time to support this bill. Obviously, it is a blatant violation of the First Amendment.


The bill is a complete slap in the face to people with different beliefs than Christians; however, it does no one any good to get too upset over it. There is little hope for it to pass.


For one reason, other than opening us up to an onslaught of jokes this state cannot afford to be subjected to, it would make the state susceptible to legal action.


“You cannot separate Christianity from the Bible,” said State Rep. Wesley Bishop. “If you adopt the Bible as the official state book, you adopt Christianity as the state religion … We are going to open ourselves to a lawsuit.”


This bill is eerily similar to the one recently passed in Tennessee which allows students to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to bully others in school.


The American Civil Liberties union of Louisiana also believes this bill is a form of bullying those with different beliefs.


“This whole thing is a not-very-well concealed effort to use discrimination against people in Louisiana who do not include the Holy Bible in their beliefs,” ACLU executive director Marjorie Esman said.


The biggest concern with religion-based actions like this is the people behind them think they are doing it for the greater good when really they are taking a step back from progress.


Wouldn’t our representitives’ time be better spent fixing something like education or trying to break the stereotype that we all have pet alligators?


Cody is a senior journalism and English major from Seattle who serves as Entertainment Editor for the Tech Talk. Email comments to cls068@latech.edu.


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