West Virginia has an official state animal, a state fruit and even a state insect. If House Bill 2568 is passed this session, the newest addition to the list of emblems would be a state book — the bible.
Delegate Ralph Rodighiero says, “I think it would be a privilege to have the bible as our state book.”
Eli Baumwell, policy director for the american civil liberties union, said if passed, it would contradict separation of church and state. “America is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world,” Baumwell said. “We actually have some of the most faithful people in the world, particularly because we have that freedom.”
The bill has not yet gone through to the judiciary committee, but Rodighiero says it has support from both sides of the aisle.