Tennessee House Passes Bill Declaring Christian Bible The 'Official State Book'

  • metta

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    Apr 15, 2015 7:45 PM GMT
    Tennessee House Passes Bill Declaring Christian Bible The 'Official State Book'

    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/tennessee_house_passes_bill_declaring_christian_bible_the_official_state_book
  • metta

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    Apr 15, 2015 7:46 PM GMT
    Attorney general says Bible can't be official Tennessee book

    http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/apr/13/attorney-general-says-bible-cant-be-official-tennessee-book/298481/
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    Apr 15, 2015 8:02 PM GMT
    Did the brilliant swineherds who are the Tennessee legislature consider that there are many versions of the "christian bible"?
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    Apr 15, 2015 8:50 PM GMT
    Not sure if I'll get this story exactly correct but there's a beachside park in Lauderdale called Birch State Park. The property was willed to the state to be maintained as a public park, otherwise it would revert back to another beneficiary of the original will, some university.

    At one point the university greedily attempted a land grab, claiming the park was no longer utilized for the public, which was bullshit. I lived there and enjoyed that property for decades, including during the time of that lawsuit. It had not only always been maintained as an excellent public use of property as intended by the original private owner, but it was always one of our very best parks.

    I'm no history buff so I've no idea but that sort of thing makes me wonder if when states were carved within this nation, if those properties hadn't been turned over to the state governments in some sort of trust. And if that trust was violated, then couldn't the country just take back our property?

    I don't know but I would think there must have been some conditions. I can't believe the US government gave a state all that property so the state could then turn around and sell it off to an enemy, for instance.

    So I wonder what some of those conditions of trust placed on those lands might have been and could they now be enacted. I'd think purposely, knowingly violating the constitution of the country would violate that trust. We should take back at least the Great Smoky Mountains. They're beautiful this time of year.
  • Svnw688

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    Apr 16, 2015 12:41 AM GMT
    What version of the "Christian" Bible? They do realize there are multiple versions that differ on fundamental points, right?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 16, 2015 12:49 AM GMT
    I have a sneaking suspicion that it is the King James Version of the Bible that is the official state book for Tennessee. Or else the Old Testament.
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    Apr 16, 2015 1:24 AM GMT
    theantijock saidNot sure if I'll get this story exactly correct but there's a beachside park in Lauderdale called Birch State Park. The property was willed to the state to be maintained as a public park, otherwise it would revert back to another beneficiary of the original will, some university.

    At one point the university greedily attempted a land grab, claiming the park was no longer utilized for the public, which was bullshit. I lived there and enjoyed that property for decades, including during the time of that lawsuit. It had not only always been maintained as an excellent public use of property as intended by the original private owner, but it was always one of our very best parks.

    I'm no history buff so I've no idea but that sort of thing makes me wonder if when states were carved within this nation, if those properties hadn't been turned over to the state governments in some sort of trust. And if that trust was violated, then couldn't the country just take back our property?

    I don't know but I would think there must have been some conditions. I can't believe the US government gave a state all that property so the state could then turn around and sell it off to an enemy, for instance.

    So I wonder what some of those conditions of trust placed on those lands might have been and could they now be enacted. I'd think purposely, knowingly violating the constitution of the country would violate that trust. We should take back at least the Great Smoky Mountains. They're beautiful this time of year.

    ummm... did you put this in the wrong thread? This is about a Tennessee bill to make the Christian Bible their Official State Book.

    BTW, I know Birch Park, been going there since the 1970s.
  • Hypertrophile

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    Apr 16, 2015 1:40 AM GMT
    I guess I have to fall on the side of State's Rights here. If a state's constitution permits it, who can argue?

    But does the following permit the establishment of a religious text as the State Book, or does doing so violate the clause?

    "no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or
    mode of worship."