ACLU of Tennessee asks Governor to veto Bible Bill
NASHVILLE (WDEF) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee is asking Governor Bill Haslam to veto the bill that would make the Holy Bible the official state book.
“We urge Governor Haslam to veto this unconstitutional legislation and show his constituents—and the rest of the nation—that our state is a place where religious freedom is recognized and respected. Tennesseans come from a range of faith traditions, and the government cannot favor one religious belief over another, nor decide what people should believe,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN executive director.
“We are confident that the governor will do the right thing. If not, we are prepared to consider all legal options.”
The organization says the bill puts religious text in the same category as other state symbols like the salamander, catfish or tomato.
The ACLU OF Tennessee believes the proposal violates both the Constitutions of the U.S and Tennessee.
And the organization notes that the state attorney general issued an opinion stating the same belief.
ACLU-TN has also launched a webpage where you can express your opposition to the bill for the governor to see.