Bible Bill Veto Stands

After 2 hours of bitter partisan debate, Tennessee House members voted to uphold Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s Bible Bill Veto by a 50-43 margin Wednesday. Five Democrats and six Republicans who voted to make the Bible Tennessee’s official book last year switched their position and voted to uphold the veto. Supporters of the veto override abandoned earlier claims that the Bible selection was not based on advancing Christian values. Override Sponsor Jerry Sexton, a former Baptist Preacher, says he wanted to recognize the Bible in response to what he called the “repression of Christian Values and Beliefs”. Haslam vetoed the bill last week, saying it clearly violated both the Federal and State Constitutions by establishing State-Recognized Religion.

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