2017 will be the “Year of the Bible” in Kentucky, according to a proclamation signed by Republican Governor Matt Bevin this week. It follows other proclamations Bevin signed this past year declaring a “Day of Prayer Over Students,” a “Law Enforcement Day of Prayer,” and the traditional “Day of Prayer.”
Aren’t you all glad to see religion finally getting some attention?
Bevin also participated in a Bible-reading marathon last year, leading one reporter to say that the “‘Year of the Bible’ will apparently last 24 months in Kentucky.” But unlike what the reporter claims, I can’t find any evidence of Bevin signing a similar proclamation last year.
The “Year of the Bible” will apparently last 24 months in Kentucky.
Gov. Matt Bevin has declared 2017 the “Year of the Bible” in Kentucky even though he proclaimed 2016 the “Year of the Bible” last December.
The governor’s proclamation, which he signed Dec. 19, says 2017 “marks the second year Kentucky has led the nation in celebrating the Bible’s significant impact on Kentucky and American institutions and culture by leaders in each county taking shifts to read through the entire Bible in Kentucky’s Bible Reading Marathon beginning Jan. 1, 2017.”
While the proclamations have no legal weight, they’re important symbols, sending the message that these things matter in Kentucky. And the implication to non-Christians is very clear: You’re still not welcome or appreciated in the state.
Christians are the last people who need lip service in Kentucky, yet they continue to be the one group that continues to receive it.
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