Tennessee State Senate and House committees overwhelmingly approved measures April 7 that would designate the Bible as the official book of Tennessee, USA Today reports. The Senate State and Local Government Committee approved the measure by a 7-0-2 vote.
The House State Government Committee approved the bill in a voice vote about an hour later. The House version includes an amendment adding “talking points” in support of the bill, said the House sponsor, Rep. Jerry Sexton, a Republican from Bean Station, Tenn.
The Rev. Michael Williams of West End United Methodist Church in Nashville said he fears that making the Bible the official book would demean the Bible and what the Scriptures mean to himself and other Christians.
“I love catfish, but listen, it doesn’t come close to the Holy Scripture,” Williams said, noting his fears of listing the Bible with the state fish and other state items.