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Mississippi Congressman Sends Bible to Every Member of Congress to Help With Lawmaker’s Decision Making

A Mississippi Congressman has pitched in to held stop the gridlock in Washington. In order to help members of Congress out, he has sent each of them a copy of the Christian Bible to help in ‘decision-making.’

Rep. Steve Palazzo, a Republican, made it clear that he did not use taxpayer money to fund his Bible campaign. He did, however, use his official Congressional letterhead and his role as assistant Majority Whip to help ‘counsel’ his fellow members on Congress on how they could use the gifted book to guide their lawmaking.

“On a daily basis, we contemplate policy decisions that impact America’s future. Our staffs provide us with policy memos, statistics, and recommendations that help us make informed decisions. However, I find that the best advice comes through meditating on God’s Word,” Palazzo wrote in the letter dated July 29 and sent to every Congressional office.

According to Talking Points Memo, most members of Congress took the Bible as a gesture of good will or at least with a grain of salt. They also noted one of the few non-Christian members of Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison, even responded with a thank you note.

Proponents of separation of church and states did not take the handout from the deeply conservative and Christian Republican as lightly though.

Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, pointed out that Palazzo’s gift was not only blurring the line between separation of church and state, it was crossing right over it.

“When a politician calls for using the Bible as the basis for public policy, what he or she is really saying is, ‘Let’s use the Bible as I interpret it as the basis for public policy,'” Lynn said in response to Palazzo’s Congressional Bible-bombing.  “When it comes to religion, our nation is pluralistic and diverse. Rather than look to the Bible or any other religious book to craft our nation’s public policy, we would do well to examine another source instead, one that was actually created to guide governance. It’s called the Constitution.”

Palazzo, a Tea Party leaning Republican, clearly seemed to think he was only being ‘helpful’ to suggest Christian scriptures be used to determine U.S. law, however, cheerfully ending his evangelical-toned note by offering, “If there is ever anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me.”

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