This surprising news arrives from the USA, precisely from Tennessee, the House of Representatives voted for a law that recognizes the Bible as official state book. The law led to an enormous debate and it violates the Constitution of the State itself: freedom of religion is set in the Constitution of the United States of America. Besides the possibility of a legal battle that may cost billions, it is against the opinion of the Republican Governor, Bill Haslam, who said the law is disrespectful but did not mention whether he would oppose to the vote or not.
The House of Representative, mainly Republican, approved it with 55 votes, 38 were against it: the 6 Democratic votes among them. The book has to be checked by the Senate, before the governor can sign it. Jerry Saxton – Republican and former priest – whereas the Minister of Justice, Herbert Slatery, does not agree with the initiative he suggested the representatives not to proceed because they would have acted against the constitutional principal stating the division between State and Church, federally and locally. The same principles stopped similar laws in Mississippi and Lousiana.
“I am what I am because that book forged me. Moral, values … everything focuses on diversity: in this country we are what we are because of that book and our Constitution” – said the Republican Ron Lollar , whereas, Martin Daniel, who is Republican too, thinks that with this law the country would be ‘humiliated’. Time will give the answer; maybe we will start seeing the Bible as a real rule for behavior and life.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa