- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - During this state election year, some lawmakers are proposing to designate the Bible the official state book of Mississippi.

Rep. Tom Miles of Forest says he and fellow Democratic Rep. Michael Evans of Preston are filing a bill, and they’ve already received bipartisan promises of support from more than 20 of their colleagues.

Miles says Mississippi has a state bird, a state flower and even a state toy, so it should have a state book.

He tells The Associated Press on Monday that he’s not trying to force religion - or even reading - on anyone, but he sees the Bible as a good guide for promoting kindness and compassion.

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