Republican Governor of Tennessee Vetoes Bible as State Book

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam holds a news conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce February 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The official rock of Tennessee is limestone. Tennessee’s official wild animal: the rascally raccoon.

The official book? The Volunteer State doesn’t have one yet, and a Christian governor and Christian lawmakers are locked in a battle over whether it should be the Bible.

On Thursday, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have added Christianity’s holy book to Tennessee’s list of official state symbols, and lawmakers have already threatened to override his decision.

Haslam likes the Bible perfectly fine. On his Facebook page, he lists his favorite books as “anything by Eugene Peterson or Philip Yancey,” two best-selling Christian authors.

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