West Virginia Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Make the Bible the State Book

A lawmaker in West Virginia has introduced a bill that would make the Bible the state book.

H.B. 2568 was presented by Jeff Eldridge, D-Lincoln, who serves in the state House of Delegates. It amends the Code of West Virginia to add a new section that recognizes the Bible as the state book.

“That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new 2 section, designated §2-2-14, to read as follows: §2-2-14. Official state book. The Holy Bible is hereby designated as the official state book of West Virginia,” it reads.

The bill has 10 co-sponsors, including Del. Ken Hicks, D-Wayne.

“I think a lot of the biblical principles are the same principles that the state was founded on,” he told the Herald-Dispatch. “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.”

However, when asked if the bill would constitute endorsing one religion over another, Hicks, who identifies as a Christian, stated that those who disagree with the measure should make their opinions known to their representatives.

“Not everybody believes in the same religion, and I think you should pursue the religion you’re comfortable with,” he told the outlet. “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.”

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SOURCE: Christian News – Heather Clark