After a bill submitted to the Louisiana Legislature to make the Bible the state book was sent to the House floor by the Legislature’s Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee, the its author scrapped it before it was even discussed.
Instead, State Rep. Thomas Carmody (R-District 6) asked that it be put back on the calendar, which effectively took it out of play for the time being, and possibly for the entire session.
Carmody, of Shreveport, took the microphone when House Bill 503 was announced and explained to colleagues the bill as amended by the committee could create “a constitutional problem.” In addition, he said it had “become a distraction” from other issues the Legislature should focus on. Carmody said he submitted the bill after a constituent had requested he do so
The original bill Carmody submitted named the Holy Bible published by Johannes Prevel (printer from 1510-1528), specifically, the one exhibited in the Louisiana State Museum, which is the oldest book in the museum. But when the bill went to the committee, it was amended to refer to any Bible, which could interfere with separation of church and state laws.