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5 Books That Would Make Better Official Louisiana State Books Than the Bible

5 Books That Would Make Better Official Louisiana State Books Than the Bible

It seems like every state has it’s own official bird, bug or flower. One thing they don’t all have, however, is an official state book. Louisiana didn’t, but has decided to change that.

The book the legislature is proposing? The Bible.

Yes, the state legislature is going to take that whole “government should not establish an official religion” prohibition head on and declare the Holy Bible the official state book of Louisiana. According to HB 503 (as proposed): “There shall be a state book. The official state book shall be the Holy Bible published by Johannes Prevel…which is the oldest edition of the Holy Bible in the Louisiana State Museum system.” The proposal passed House committee and will now go for a full vote, with one change — rather than one specific Bible in a museum, the bill now states that the King James version of the Bible is the official state book. An attempt to make it “all books of faith” failed.

The ACLU is already discussing a possible challenge if the bill is signed into law, which could seem like a huge waste of resources for a struggling state. Instead, I’d like to suggest five books that Louisiana could use instead:

1) 12 Years a Slave: Solomon Northup’s harrowing story, first published in 1853, has becomes a part of the tapestry and history of the state. The story is not only that of Louisiana during slave times, but was brought back to the public eye by a Louisiana University teacher eager to “rescue Northup’s memoir from obscurity.” “[Sue Eakin] wrote her master’s thesis on ‘Twelve Years a Slave,’ and, in 1968, published the first modern edition,” said The New Yorker. “But her research continued. She contacted descendants of Northup and Epps, and helped preserve a side house on Epps’s former property.” Surely the state would like to pay homage to such a rich historical narrative?

2) Satchmo: Louis Armstrong was the King of Jazz, and in this story of his early years, Armstrong tells in his own words of his struggles with poverty, war and a love of music that only grew as time passed. As one of Louisiana’s most famous native sons and a man who truly shaped an age of music, his autobiography would be the quintessential state book if the legislature chose it.

3) Interview With a Vampire: Ok, maybe the book doesn’t have the gravitas of the Holy Bible. What it is, instead, according to Business Insider, is the most famous book in which the story is set in Louisiana. Considering the fame of its author and the tourism inspired by her series, perhaps she deserves a little state gratitude as well?

4) Aesops Fables: Let’s be frank, instituting the Bible as the official state book is nothing but an attempt to codify one particular religious belief above all others. If someone suggested a different specific religion’s holy book, it would be a madhouse of opposition and fear of religious persecution. So, if you really think that the state needs to pick a “rulebook,” can I suggest Aesop’s Fables. After all, a person can learn a great deal from those stories. Especially, might I suggest a closer look at the one about the Golden Rule?

5) The Pocket Constitution: Whether or not this book is made an official state book, I suggest every lawmaker who votes in favor of the King James Bible get themselves a copy of the Pocket Constitution, too. They are definitely going to need it when the lawsuit comes.

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11:57PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

May I suggest that Richard Dawkin's book: "The Magic of Reality" would be an ideal choice - a kind of wake up call as opposed to a book mired in superstition, myths, miracles and other illogical happenings.
It's actually intended for primary school children - an introduction to the real physical world and based on factual evidence accumulated by scientists - but I'm sure they would be able to understand the language and explanations....(lol)

1:35PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Don't like Louisiana's state book: either change it through legislation or leave the state.

9:33AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

"YES I DO TURN UP MY NOSE AT YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE IN FACT BENEATH ME - WAY BENEATH ME. YOU DON'T AMOUNT TO A PIMPLE ON MY DOG'S ASS. LOL." A sweet quote from Tia the modest & devout Christian.

ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wouldn't Jesus be proud.

9:17AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

Cont - but don't drink & call people the 3 stooges. You probably consider that educational TV. Continue to display your arrogance while we sit in our tar paper shacks & you sit on the seashore....whoopdeedoo! You have proved beyond all doubt that you are arrogant, self centred, demeaning of others & downright rude. Jesus would bury his head in shame at your behaviour & lack of humility. Jesus was nothing if not humble. You are certainly not Christlike.

9:13AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

DEAR SWEET BIGOTED TIA -
#1 - I never referred to those who believe in god as ignorant. I said -
"The bible was written by ignorant unscientific men", Apr 18.They had little knowledge of science then thus they were ignorant as the definition of the word explains. FACT.
"Without science we would be ignorant. Many still are". Apr. 14. Again, many are still lacking knowledge of even basic science. FACT.
How does that equate to all religious being ignorant. I DEFY you to find anywhere I said religious people or you are ignorant. You used the term ignorant over & over referring specifically to me & others. "I laugh at your ignorance" Apr 23, "Woefully ignorant, sad & hateful" Apr. 23. Just 2 examples referring to specific people. You still haven't told me what I hat either.
THEN you insult my dead parents saying I wasn't brought up right. TALK ABOUT RUDE!
I HAVE NEVER collected any kind of social assistance. I worked hard, travelled the world & built my own home, a beautiful log cabin. Sucks to be you, as you rudely say.
I'm not American, thankfully, so you pay me nothing.
You tell Shan she has rotten teeth! Not likely.Canada has universal health care so we're quite healthy thank you. You see, we CARE about our fellow citizens. I've seen myriad Americans interviewed on tv with rotten teeth. Shameful that you grasp at insulting straws.
You call SPECIFIC people here childish then say.."BWAHAHA", slum housing, rotten teeth, drinking cocktails (I'm an atheist

3:48PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Kirk,
Your response contradicts itself.

Why would an omnipotent, omnipresent & omniscient individual stand by and allow the suffering to continue? Why doesn’t he step up to help the victims right now? They need help NOW, not "in the end".

“In the end, God will turn around every evil, all murderers, liars, thieves, perverts, etc., will be held to account for all the evils they have committed while on earth.”

Really? Is PUNISHMENT the only solution of an omnipotent; omnipresent & omniscient individual? Allow the wrong-doers to torture the victims to their hearts’ content, for all eternity, then finally punish the wrong-doers?

So again, WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS? Why doesn’t your god lift a finger to help them? What good does it do for their suffering to “eventually punish those who harmed them”?

Back to my original point. If this all-powerful individual never lifts a finger to help the innocent victims, how can he be all-loving?

3:11PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

"wow... I'm off line for a few days and the sh** hits the fan... Shan, seriously, why are you baiting that ignorant twit? I understand that rational folks like us can only handle so much preaching and empty religious threats but fighting against someone who was brainwashed with dogma and doctrine rather than taught critical thinking skills is just not fair. Tia is obviously an ignorant, self-important hag who's just spoiling for a fight she's not qualified to engage in. Save your energy my friend for those worth fighting against. Though I do love watching folks like her spin their mental wheels until they're buried in their own dogmatic double-talk and hypocrisy.... " (JACarlton A.)

Hey, a person's gotta keep in practice for dealing with these crazy zealots! ;-) And I was genuinely curious to see how long it would take for her to completely break down any pretense she had of being an intelligent adult... and she obliged quite nicely, don't you think?

5:32AM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

wow... I'm off line for a few days and the sh** hits the fan... Shan, seriously, why are you baiting that ignorant twit? I understand that rational folks like us can only handle so much preaching and empty religious threats but fighting against someone who was brainwashed with dogma and doctrine rather than taught critical thinking skills is just not fair. Tia is obviously an ignorant, self-important hag who's just spoiling for a fight she's not qualified to engage in. Save your energy my friend for those worth fighting against. Though I do love watching folks like her spin their mental wheels until they're buried in their own dogmatic double-talk and hypocrisy....

when real patriotic americans strike back against all this buybullshit we'll finally have a chance to put this country back on track, moving toward global leadership and leaving behind this brief sojourn back into the middle ages as a temporary madness that gripped a dying breed of old, TERRIFIED, angry white men and women while they were in their last throes...

It's okay to be afraid of the unknown future, but it's not okay to regress and destroy the lives of billions of your own countrymen in the process, because of that fear.

3:13PM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Suba: one last comment for me, (and I don't have to have the final word): You say, "You acknowledge that there’s an inordinate amount of unjustified suffering and cruelty on earth. Now why would an all-loving creator have created such a world?
Even if he didn’t mean to create it this way, why doesn’t this all-loving creator ever step up to put things right, and HELP the suffering victims? The logical answer is: The creator is NOT loving. So why would you obey/worship this guy again?" Well, this 'guy' as you call him is amazing to know; He is omnipotent; omnipresent & omniscent. In spending much more time with the Father, Son & Holy Spirit, there is such a delight of His presence, such a deep intimacy that nothing on earth compares to. Regarding the evil on the earth: yes, it is a problem, and our finite comprehension of the issue leaves us all with deep questions. The fall of man has led to deep brokeness of humanity; a brokenness that can only be alleviated ultimately through the life, death & resurrection of Jesus ultimately. In the interim, all mankind has been given the responsibility of trying to heal broken humanity, confront evil & injustice and make positive changes--in these ways we model Christ on earth. In the end, God will turn around every evil, all murderers, liars, thieves, perverts, etc., will be held to account for all the evils they have committed while on earth. LOVE, not hate must mark all we do. I love Him because I

10:19AM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Sounds like there was a cat fight.

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