A bill that would make the Bible the official book of Louisiana
was returned to the calendar Monday evening and the author of the measure says
he has no intentions of bringing it back to the House floor. Representative
Thomas Carmody of Shreveport addressed his fellow lawmakers and decided not to
put the bill to a vote.
"There was a lot of concern about whether or not this was a
distraction away from really what should warrant our attention trying to
balance the budget, make sure we are providing for education for the children
of this state and so as I told him I was going to go ahead and return the bill
to the calendar today and concentrate our efforts on those things that are much
more important," Carmody told the House.
Outside the Capitol, Debra Reid says she fully supports a measure
seeking to make the Bible the official state book.
"I think as many adults we need to start taking a stand on what we
believe in and show our children the values we were raised on," said Reid.
Across the Capitol lawn others fear what passing the bill could
mean for those who are not Christians.
"It really comes down to freedom of religion. You do what you want
to do and study what you want to do but the state can't be like you need to study
this book. You need to look at this book because it's not fair to everybody
else," said Aaron Alexis.
Representative Ebony Woodruff, a lawyer by profession, was one of
those planning to vote on the grounds it would not stand up in court.
"I thought it would exclude and maybe alienate as you said some of
our non-Christian members who are citizens of Louisiana and as you said tax
payers. I know in my district I have a large Vietnamese population, some are
Christian but some are not and I just felt I couldn't vote for the bill as it
was because I didn't want to leave those members out," said Woodruff.
Representative Carmody declined WAFB's request for an on camera
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