State lawmakers this week will vote on a bill to make the Holy Bible the official state book of Louisiana.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist
Let me start by saying I am a Catholic — a very imperfect one, but a Catholic nonetheless. Like other Christians, I have great affection for the Holy Bible.
But even we Christians don’t all read the same Bible.
And people of other faiths read other scriptures for spiritual guidance and inspiration.
So when I see state lawmakers spending hours debating whether to make the Holy Bible the official state book of Louisiana, I can’t help thinking about all the other pressing problems they could be working on instead.
Like coastal restoration. And better funding for higher education and health care for all Louisianans.
I could go on for a long time with that list, but you get the idea.
The proposal to make the Bible our official state book has drawn lots of attention, not all of it good, and at least some of it humorous. A petition is circulating with the aim of substituting a secular alternative, Louisiana author John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces.”
To that idea, I say, “Amen.”