Louisiana Wants The Bible to be Official State Book

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Louisiana, serious controversy has arisen over a proposed bill to declare an official state book. That book? It's the King James Bible. (Shutterstock)

In Louisiana, serious controversy has arisen over a proposed bill to declare an official state book. That book? It's the King James Bible. Louisiana resident Randy Dill first proposed that The Bible become the official state book.

"The Bible was their main inspiration along with our forefathers, Washington and the rest of them," says Dill in an interview with news station KTBS. "They looked to it for their inspiration for our country. To call upon god to help us. God's intervened in our country so many times."

Dill's cause was taken up by State Representative Thomas Carmody. Last Thursday, by an 8 to 5 margin, Carmody's bill passed his committee with bipartisan support, setting up a vote in the statehouse to officially make the King James Bible the state book of Louisiana.

Among the bill's opponents is Zack Kopplin, a student at Rice University. He created and leads the "Repeal Creationism" campaign to overturn Louisiana's Science Education Act, which allows creationism to be taught in public schools. He explains the recent history of church vs. state issues in Louisiana and why he's opposed to this measure.


Zack Kopplin


T.J. Raphael

Comments [6]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

once again the State of Louisiana proves that the only book they really need to read is, Condeferacy Of Dunces."

Apr. 15 2014 05:02 PM
tom LI

1. Could we as a nation just stop all this nonsense of declaring State or local birds, plants, birds, weeds, rocks or now books! What a colossal waste of tax dollars.

How about the state/local underwear style? But itf its gonna be a book, make it from a local author who should be recognized for a body of work and impact on the lore (pro and con) of the region.

2. When we do pick these things to commemorate, its not about honoring the past - as the speaker in the piece was referencing - but a real and tangible aspect of the location. A local bird, a local plant, waterway, etc! The Bible is none of these, and the KJV is a select book among Bibles that panders to a few sects.

3. The desire to make the KJV the LA State book is all about a very small group of Xtians who think its a means to show their God their worship behaviors. Thats all these things are ever about, making a grand gesture of worship to their God, so they can step back and declare their devotion. By wearing their faith on their sleeves - contrary to everything Jesus ever said about worship and prayer.

4. Randy Dill could not ever prove that God intervened in anything in Louisiana, or anyplace else. Because each one that he might say was an intervention there are dozens - dozens and dozens more where God's apathy is more obvious and way more disturbing!

Regretfully there are way too many American Xtians who desire this nation to be an Altar of worship, and not a civil, secular society as was intended by our Founding Fathers.

Apr. 15 2014 04:09 PM

What use would people in Louisiana have for a book?

Apr. 15 2014 03:42 PM
Michael G from Tampa, Florida

I consider myself to be a religous person and I serve my God the best way I know how. That being said, I think it's important for people to share their religous views knowing that that information may benefit others, but I don't agree with jamming it down other people's throat. That is what I think is going on when trying to make The King James Bible by proposed bill to be declared the official state book.

God never forced non-worshipers to serve him and forcing people of the state of Louisiana to make that book the official state book will only create a backlash that will turn people away from serving God. People may protest, sometimes even violently against the idea and there may even be deaths as a result; but in the end once the smoke clears, the media and opponents of the proposal will only remember that these things happened in the name of advancing someone's personal beliefs at the expense of others. This stuff is going on all over the country and those trying to jam religion down the throat of others aren't doing God any favor, but just making life difficult on those who want to serve God.

If those who prorposed this bill want to want to encourage faith in the God of the Bible, try setting a good example such as Jesus did when he walked the Earth. Jesus did not start contraversies, nor he did use the laws of the land to promote a religious agenda.That's the example that should be followed; by those who calls themselves christian and those who are looking for the God of the Bible. Everything else is just politics; the same politics that Jesus was opposed to when he said at John 18:36 "My kingdom is not of this world"...

Apr. 15 2014 03:18 PM

And . . those are the same people who are soooooo dead set against Islam - with no education except "madrasa" where only religious education is taught . . . what is the difference? How about keeping religion out of government? Isn't this the same as declaring Christianity as State Religion?

There are those, I'm sure in Louisiana, who believe diversity of religion is what makes our (OUR) country, as well as their state strong. Man! It's getting crazy out there!!!!

Apr. 15 2014 12:39 PM
ML from Miami FL

Florida will still be portrayed as the dumbest state in the union on TV and film - and rightly so. But know this Louisiana that you're really the dumbest state and the only reason nobody will say it is because of Nawlins and the po' folk who live there.

Apr. 15 2014 10:01 AM

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