Louisiana Making Bible State Book

    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 24:  Retired seamstress Rita Gillett, 63, reads her bible in her damaged home in the Lower Ninth Ward where she lives with her husband Hazzert August 24, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The couple is still living without electricity or gas because they haven't been able to secure government assistance to pay for the repairs. The second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is August 29.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rita Gillett

    Mario Tama

    Louisiana state officials successfully took the first steps to make the Bible the official state book on Thursday. The proposal cleared the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs by a vote of eight to five. Rep. Thomas Carmody, a Republican who proposed making the King James Bible the official state book, said "This is not about establishing an official religion.” Rep. Stephen Ortego, a Democrat, had concerns, though not about the inclusion of religion. "Let's make this more inclusive of other Christian faiths, more than just the ones that use the King James version," he said.

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