This ought to be fun.
Delegate Jeff Eldridge, D-Lincoln, (just south of Poca) had nine co-sponsors: Ralph Rodighiero, D-Logan; Zack Maynard, R-Lincoln; Justin Marcum, D-Mingo; Erikka Storch, R-Ohio; Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur; Mark Dean, R-Mingo; Patrick S. Martin, R-Lewis; Ken Hicks, D-Wayne; and Steve Westfall, R-Jackson.
Eli Baumwell, policy director for the state ACLU, hopped right on it, telling WOAY his group will sue if it becomes law:
“America is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. We actually have some of the most faithful people in the world, particularly because we have that freedom.”Shh. Don't tell Baumwell the state bird is the cardinal. Might confuse it for the ones who elect popes.
Co-sponsor Hicks told the Herald-Dispatch:
"I think a lot of the biblical principles are the same principles that the state was founded on. The Bible is a book that's been around for thousands of years. A lot of principles from the Bible are what modern-day and contemporary law is based on."And:
"Not everybody believes in the same religion, and I think you should pursue the religion you're comfortable with. Not everybody has to read (the Bible). It's not forcing it on anybody. People do elect legislators to pass certain bills and laws that they want, and if they find something that's offensive to them, they need to tell their delegate."Yes, nothing to see here. Move along.
Last year, Tennessee's Republican governor vetoed making the Bible the state's official book.
I don't know how bad this would be. We have four state songs. We could have four official state books.
Why not amend the bill and add "Fahrenheit 451," "1984," and "Trump the Press"?
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