Currently, the King James Version of The Holy Bible is making its way through all the hoops and red tape required for it to become the first ever official book of the state of Louisiana. The official book system, and the system required for officiating a text, is a new invention of the Southern State, drawing understandable controversy, but why?
The issue lies not so much in the Bible becoming an official book, but if other religious texts will also become official? The plans currently: No. Sure, the religious history of the state could be called out as a reason, but I believe this is fundamentally a constitutional issue, as it sends a message.
Although the man who originally brought forth the bill currently being viewed by the Louisiana House of Representatives – Rep. Thomas Carmody – stated that he was not trying to establish an official state religion, that has become the chief concern of other legislators, especially as Carmody is also against opening the bill up to be inclusive of all faiths’ texts. Now, it is being said that the proposal is perhaps not broad enough, not only for excluding other religions, but other denominations of Christianity such as Catholicism – a major religion within Louisiana.
The question then remains whether or not this is a constitutional issue. I personally believe it is, as although “Separation of Church and State” refers to the nation-state that is the United States of America, as it is an understood concept within the first amendment, such an issue should have a trickle-down down affect and apply to the states themselves.
As a state issue then, important texts, such as religious texts, may well in fact be deserving of official status. Thus, while I disagree with only the King James version of the Bible being official, I personally see the value in all religious texts, and other important written works, being included.