Tennessee Bible Bill Battle Boils

Just before the weekend began we posted Big Bible Bill Battle in Tennessee, informing you that Governor Bill Haslam had vetoed a controversial bill that would have made the Holy Bible the official state book of Tennessee. Although the legislature is scheduled to adjourn soon, they still have time to overturn the veto.

Your Curmudgeon has been so excited that we were unable to concentrate on anything else, knowing that a veto override vote was all but certain over this supremely important issue. After scanning for news continuously, we are pleased to report the latest developments which we found in Knoxville News Sentinel of Knoxville, Tennessee. The newspaper has no comments feature, but their headline is Veto override sought on Bible as official Tennessee book.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] A veto override is being sought! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Republicans in the Legislature have their first opportunity to override one of Gov. Bill Haslam’s vetoes this week when they seek to re-pass a bill to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee.


Supporters of the Bible bill are expected to formally announce their plans to override the veto on the House floor on Monday evening, which legislative leaders say sets up a vote on Wednesday.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The announcement will be tonight, and the vote will be on Wednesday! Isn’t this thrilling? Let’s read on:

Supporters say that the measure seeks to honor the historical and economic impact of the Bible in Tennessee history, but Haslam argues that that is just a fig leaf for the real purpose. “The Holy Scripture is what it is, or it’s not,” Haslam said. “But I don’t think you should pretend it’s one thing so you can honor it probably for another reason.”

The theological implications boggle the mind! We continue:

The bill received 55 votes in the 99-member House and 19 votes in the 33-member Senate. As it only takes a majority in both chambers to override a veto, the Haslam administration needs to turn six House votes and three in the Senate for the veto to stand.

This is undoubtedly the legislative battle of the century! The newspaper quotes Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris:

“Convincing others that the Holy Bible is not sacred but, rather, secular, that it’s a symbol of history rather than religion, that it doesn’t have to be read or believed, is the stuff of Satan – not Holy Scripture,” he said.

Gasp! We won’t get any sleep for the next couple of days while this momentous measure is being considered. You probably won’t either, dear reader. What’s going to happen? The whole world is watching! Stay tuned to this blog!

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11 responses to “Tennessee Bible Bill Battle Boils

  1. Reggie Rolltide

    The Holy Scripture is what it is, or it’s not,” Haslam said. “But I don’t think you should pretend it’s one thing so you can honor it probably for another reason.”
    This is one hell of an articulate governor!

  2. Dave Luckett

    If the Bible is not secular, but is a “symbol of religion” (whatever Mark Norris means by that curious expression) then it is no business of the secular state. Mr Norris is merely betraying his wish that the state be not secular – that it be an extension and expression of a religion.

    Which religion? Why, his, of course. And if others should demur…?

    Can you say, “Wars of Religion”?

  3. The LIARS4jesus are doing their best to take steps to eventually get a theocracy going!!! What is even stupider is that they are blaspheming and profaning the holey book o’BS. And even stupider still is that their precious (said in golem’s voice) jesus said to give to caesar and to give to gawd what is their due, not to get them all mixed up. But then making stuff up is what xtians do best!

  4. michaelfugate

    Which Bible? Do they have a specific version in mind?

  5. Charles Deetz ;)

    Public displays of personal religion belief drive me nutters. This goes for bible verses on office walls, 10 commandment monuments … and stupid legislation. Make up any excuse you want, but ultimately it is there to say ‘this is the right way to believe for everyone’. The disingenuousness of the TN legislator creeps me out.

  6. Of course it is a history book, a history book of a humorless paranoid murderous, genocidal, child abusing, raping, stealing and pimping deity of the people that want that deity in their lives and as well as in everyone else’s lives.

  7. This is what happens when god-bothering clowns seize control of government. Instead of addressing the many real-world problems of the state, the legislators descend to wrestling in the mud pits of doctrinal differences that they imagine are important to their sky fairy.

  8. The whole world is watching!

    And, I’d imagine, rocking with laughter at the antics of these witless goons.

  9. michaelfugate asks

    Which Bible? Do they have a specific version in mind?

    Actually, they do: The Gideon Bible. The Gideons International has its HQ in Nashville.

  10. Holding The Line In Florida

    Hey, being an expatriate Mississippian made weep with joy as The Guv signed the Church Protection Act. Now the all right thinking people can pack heat and post armed guards at church to protect them from the hordes of Godless Evilutionists and Muslims that are coming to storm the gates and force either the Sinister International Darwinist homosexual abortionist fascist commie Obama conspiracy agenda or Radical Islam Sharia Law on them. Now they fight to the death when the agents of doom try to force them into the 21st century. And those hicks up in Tennessee think they got us beat! Not even close!!!! Remember the cry of all backward dumbass states in the nation and the world. “Thank God for Mississippi!”

  11. Force them into the 21st century? How about the 18th?