Rep. Thomas Carmody… filed House Bill 503 this session. It would make a specific bible, the oldest copy owned by the state, to become the official state book.
If the bill passes, Louisiana will join Alabama as the only states to have a holy book as the State Book.
The state symbols are supposed to represent the culture of the state, something that can be shared by all of its residents. The Bible simply doesn’t belong in any collection meant for everyone. Are there no local authors worth considering? Robert Penn Warren‘s All the Kings Men is one of the great American novels, written while the author was a professor at Louisiana State University with the main character modeled after a former Louisiana governor. Is that not an option?
Randy Dill would like to see the Holy Bible become the state book.
"The Bible was their main inspiration along with our forefathers--Washington and all of them," said Dill. "They looked to it for their inspiration for our country. They called upon God to help us."
Both men expect there to be opposition, but believes making a Holy Bible the state book of Louisiana can be done, partially because another state has been done before. A bible is Alabama's state bible. It's the only state to have the religious text as its state book.