Haslam Ponders Bible Bill

Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday said he is still weighing his options regarding a bill that would make Tennessee the first state in the country to name the Bible its official book.

“We literally have not decided what we’re doing yet,” he said after an appearance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the state museum.

Haslam once again reiterated a position he’s maintained since last year, noting that he had constitutional concerns about the legislation.

“The Tennessee state Constitution is actually more explicit than the United States Constitution in terms of establishing religion. The language is pretty strong about separating that (religion) from what we do as government,” he said. “As a person of faith myself, there’s nothing more important to me, but I also want to make certain that we’re not confusing the role of government with the role of faith.”

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