Year of the Bible?

When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, 2009, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) hopes you’ll be ringing in “the Year of the Bible.”

It’s probably just wishful thinking.

Broun’s simple congressional resolution aimed at honoring the Good Book has produced a push-back of biblical proportion in the blogosphere, with critics dismissing it as either unconstitutional or a waste of time. Jews in Congress and atheist activists are dismissing the resolution, while none of the many Democrats in Congress who are Christian have bothered to sign on as co-sponsors.

According to, the resolution is among the most-blogged-about pieces of legislation, with most posts less than complimentary in nature.

“Does that mean 2009 is not the year of the Bible?” mocked Rep. Barney Frank ­(D-Mass.), who is Jewish. “What is 2012 the year of? The Quran?”

“That’s an endorsement of religion by the federal government, and we shouldn’t be doing that,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), even though he has introduced his own legislation dealing with religion.

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  1. I love the purely American Protestant idea that “the Bible” is a self-explanatory title. Which Bible? THe Protestant one missing almost 1/3 or the OT? The RC/Anglican one missing a few still, but nearly all there. The Orthodox one that rejects the Masoretic text as a recent innovation? The Ethiopian Bible that has nearly 20 more books than the Prots?

    Or maybe they mean Year of “any book you call the Bible”…


    I’ve seen Macintosh Bibles and VW Repair Bibles. There’s the Boomer Bible for people who like Cocain and several adult-content Bibles for people who need advice about their sex lives.


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