Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Tennessean of Nashville, Tennessee, the state capital. The letter is titled Gideon Bible should be official book. It’s the first of three letters at that link, so although the newspaper has a comments feature, so far none apply to this letter.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. He uses only his initials — which are D.D. — therefore not only is his first name unknown, so is his gender. We’ll assume it’s a man. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
The Tri-Cities in Tennessee was named America’s fifth-most Bible-minded city. People were considered Bible-minded if they had read the Bible in the last week and believe strongly in the accuracy of the Bible. With Chattanooga found to be first in Bible-minded cities, we can be proud Tennessee is probably the No. 1 fan of the best-selling book in history — the Holy Bible.
That’s good to know, and we’re happy for the folks who live there. It helps to explain why, other than Louisiana, Tennessee is the only state that has enacted the Discoveroids’ Academic Freedom bill. But where is DD going with this? Patience, dear reader, he’s getting to it:
I was saddened that last year efforts to make the Holy Bible the official book of Tennessee while passing the state House, failed in the state Senate.
We wrote about that — see Bible — Official State Book of Tennessee? DD is saddened — but he has hope. He says:
I am happy to hear Sen. Southerland has renewed his push this year to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! DD tells us:
I support making the Gideon Bible the official book of Tennessee to honor both the Gideons and the Bible. The New Testament they gave me in school has changed my life. They are headquartered in Nashville and have given out over 2 billion Bibles and New Testaments over more than 100 years.
Hurray for the Gideons! Let’s read on:
Other books inform; only the Bible transforms. Millions have given up drugs and crime after reading the Bible.
We never heard that before. DD continues:
God has given us truth in every word of the Bible and the truth can’t be improved on.
Hey — do you think DD might be a creationist? While you’re pondering that, here’s the end of his letter:
Reading, believing and living up to the Bible commands such as “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is the only sure way to live up to Tennessee’s official slogan: “Tennessee — America at its best.”
An interesting letter. Thanks, DD.
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