(Todd Starnes) There are a lot of gun-toting, Bible-clinging patriots in my home state of Tennessee. So it was not all that surprising when lawmakers recently named the Barrett M82 as the official state firearm. Nor was it all that surprising when they launched an effort to make the Holy Bible the official state book. The proposed language is pretty straightforward: “The Holy Bible is hereby designated as the official state book.”

State Sen. Kerry Roberts told The Tennessean that the legislation is meant to commemorate the historical nature of the Good Book—referencing George Washington’s inauguration. “He used the Bible for his swearing in,” Roberts told the newspaper. “The attitude of these people was not to keep religion out of government. It was to keep government out of religion.” FULL REPORT