In Idaho, a panel of Republicans in the state senate has approved a bill to allow public school teachers to use the Bible as a reference book in the teaching of astronomy, biology, and geology. Not to be outdone, two Mississippi Democratic legislators think that they have found the solution to the world’s many problems. They have proposed that the Bible be the official state book.
Rep. Tom Miles of Forest and fellow Democratic Rep. Michael Evans of Preston are spearheading the bill which was proposed last week, according to Evans.
Evans told AL.com that the idea came about while he was speaking with constituents.
“Me and my constituents, we were talking about it and one of them made a comment that people ought to start reading the Bible,” said Evans.
He said that they discussed “all the things going wrong in the world” and someone suggested making the Bible the state book.
Evans, in his fourth year as a representative, is Baptist. “I believe in the Bible,” he said.
As for those who would criticize the bill, he said “the bill doesn’t force anyone to read it,” but that he hopes it encourages people to pick it up.
Miles told the Associated Press that he is also “not trying to force religion” but sees the Bible as promoting kindness and compassion.
If Miles thinks that reading the Bible will promote “kindness and compassion”, then it is clear that he himself has not read it.