Target: Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
Goal: Veto new measure that seeks to make the Holy Bible the official book of Tennessee.
The Tennessee state Senate recently voted in favor of making the Holy Bible the official state book, a move that openly defies the state constitution, despite protests from the state attorney general. The Tennessee constitution clearly states that “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship,” yet legislators chose to ignore this provision and pass the law anyway. The move has already been denounced as illegal and unconstitutional, and now responsibility falls upon the state governor to veto this new law.
Tennessee legislators have made no attempt to conceal their reasons for passing the law, even though both the state and national constitutions mandate a strict separation of church and state. In his defense of the bill, Sen. Jeff Yarbro said, “To those of us who grew up in this faith, [the Bible] is so much more.” While Sen. Yarbro is certainly welcome to his own personal beliefs, he and his fellow senators have a legal obligation to prevent any sort of blending of politics and faith. Sign the petition below to urge the governor of Tennessee to veto this illegal act.
Dear Governor Haslam,
I am writing in regards to the recent measure passed by the state Senate in which the Holy Bible was named the official book of your state. While I certainly respect the personal beliefs of the men and women who supported this measure, I do not agree with their attempts to elevate their own faith above others.
Both the national and state constitutions explicitly forbid the mixing of church and state, and this new law represents a clear violation of this provision. I urge you to intervene and strike down this illegal bill.
[Your Name Here]
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