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Shreveport man wants Holy Bible to be Louisiana's state book

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Randy Dill of Shreveport would like to see the Holy Bible become the Louisiana state book. Randy Dill of Shreveport would like to see the Holy Bible become the Louisiana state book.
Rep. Thomas Carmody, District 6 (Photo: Louisiana House of Representatives) Rep. Thomas Carmody, District 6 (Photo: Louisiana House of Representatives)
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

Louisiana has a state tree: the bald cypress, a state flower: the magnolia, and even a state reptile: the alligator.

But the Pelican State does not have a state book. One Shreveport man wants to change that.

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."

He came up with this idea in 1988, but it wasn't until last year that he found a state representative who would back the bill.

Rep. Thomas Carmody takes on the task and 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.

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.

Carmody's bill has yet to be put on the agenda of the House Municipal, Parochial, and Cultural Affairs Committee. We'll make sure to follow this bill through the process.

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