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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