Arkansas Rep. Introduces Resolution to Make Bible State Book

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Republican representative in Arkansas has introduced a bill to make the Bible the state book.

Rep. Dwight Tosh, R-Jonesboro, presented H.R. 1047 on Monday, and the Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee advanced the resolution on Wednesday.

“Whereas the Bible is considered by many to be a book of truth, and whereas the system of law contained within the Bible forms the basis upon which our modern civilization is structured,” it reads in part, “Now therefore be it resolved … that the House of Representatives supports the naming of the Bible, published in any recognized version, as the official book of the State of Arkansas.”

Arkansas has a number of state symbols, including the mockingbird as the state bird, the apple blossom as the state flower, and the white-tailed deer as the state mammal, but currently no state book.

Public reaction to the proposal, which now heads to the full House, is mixed.

“It would be awesome! A true book to live by. Words that are living and creating life and healing, and most of all salvation,” one commenter wrote.

“Yes. It should be taught in school. When I was in grade school we had two missionary ladies that came once a month and taught from the Bible. If you had your Bible verse memorized, [you] got a small Gideon Bible. No kids caused trouble and were taught respect,” another said.

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“Why would we need to have the Bible as a state book? Why stir up an unnecessary controversy?” a third asked. “Christians and Jews will always cherish the Bible. Some will always hate the mention of it. Arkansas doesn’t need a state book.”

“It doesn’t have anything to do with government; keep it out! Keep the church and state separate, or you’re unAmerican,” another wrote.

Rep. Mary Bentley, R-Perryville, also introduced a bill this week that would allow the teaching of biblical creation in public schools alongside of evolution.

“The purpose of this act is to amend the Arkansas Code to allow public school teachers to teach creationism and intelligent design as theories alongside the teaching of the origins of the earth and the theory of evolution,” it reads.

H.B. 2050 has yet to be assigned to a committee.

As previously reported, in 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared a national “Year of the Bible.”

“Many of our greatest national leaders—among them Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson—have recognized the influence of the Bible on our country’s development,” he stated. “The plainspoken Andrew Jackson referred to the Bible as no less than ‘the rock on which our Republic rests.’”

“Today our beloved America and, indeed, the world, is facing a decade of enormous challenge,” Reagan continued. “There could be no more fitting moment than now to reflect with gratitude, humility, and urgency upon the wisdom revealed to us in the writing that Abraham Lincoln called ‘the best gift God has ever given to man . . . But for [without] it we could not know right from wrong.”’

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    For sanity and goodness and freedom in the USA!!!! There hasn’t been a single good American among those who attach Christianity or the Holy Bible. Americans always and for-ever need the Holy Bible to get saved and be good.

    • Omnicopy

      Takes more than reading the bible to get saved these days!

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        These days? No. It takes the Holy Spirit’s regeneration for anyone to get saved, but any honest humans would read the Holy Bible to know God’s truth. God speaks through His Word. Those who read the Holy Bible and get saved have a genuine prayer life, go to church on the Lord’s Day to worship God and have fellowship with His people and to learn His truth, share the Gospel with others, and live for God.

        • Omnicopy

          Our churches are all 5013c churches in America. They are demonic and were bribed by the government. The so called churches took the government’s money and sold their soul to the devil. They are demon possessed. All our churches are possesed in America! You can’t even get saved in them even if you read the bible. You can’t get saved in a place that is demon possessed. They are Laodicean churches. You can read the bible in them a lot and still not be saved. You have to leave them before you can be saved. God has to draw you out of them. Then you can get saved.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            What have they done wrong specifically? The “churches” that endorse or promote abortion and homosexuality have gone wrong totally. Is that what you mean?

          • Omnicopy

            What I say is kind of hard to explain. The real church is not in these churches. We’ll have to leave them and then we will be the real church. Those who come out of the bad churches are the real church. We’ll have to try and get together some how if we can. I’ve been trying to accomplish that for almost 34 years. It is very hard to get people to see the real truth. I believe I could be the woman in Revelation 12. I was given to see how bad the churches are and try and do something about it. That is the best I can explain it.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Don’t call your own church demonic unless they ALL blasphemed God or something. The woman in Revelation 12 is the invisible Church that is made up of true believers. The universal Church is invisible to human eye, but many visible local churches are true and indeed belong to Christ, doing His work tirelessly. Read the entire Holy Bible and go to a Bible-believing, Christ-centered church nearby on Sunday to hear His Word proclaimed. I recommend you a Baptist church. You must belong to a local body of Christ’s Church in the obedience to Jesus. (Hebrews chapter 10)

  • RWH

    While people may need to read the Bible daily, it’s not the State’s job to favor a particular religion over others. Stuff like this will be struck down by the courts even though the action is basically symbolic and without meaning.

  • Bezukhov

    If this passes will it mean that anyone who lives in Arkansas and doesn’t own a Bible will be arrested?

  • Ken

    It’s gesture politics, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

  • C_Alan_Nault

    The Bible is the word of God and should be cherished