FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 15, 2016) – The following statement regarding the recent veto of HB 615, the Bible bill, can be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:
“Throughout the debate on House Bill 615 we have said we understand why some believe, as the governor does, that the designation of the Holy Bible as the state book ‘trivializes’ its sacred character.
“We have also said that of all the books published or used throughout the history of the State of Tennessee, the Holy Bible has played a unique role both historically and economically.
“However, we disagree with the attorney general, who did not issue his opinion on the legislation as passed, but on the original version of the bill. If the state cannot recognize its religious heritage without supposedly violating the Constitution, then our heritage will be lost and hostility toward religion will have replaced tolerance.
“Nevertheless, the Legislature has spoken and so has the governor. Now the ball is back in the Legislature’s court, and, as before, we defer to their judgment in this matter.”
The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.
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