Rep. Tammy Townley, R-Ardmore, has filed House Bill 3890 to name the Holy Bible as Oklahoma’s official state book.
“We are people of great faith,” Townley said. “The Holy Bible is an integral part of numerous faiths and is deeply important to many Oklahomans. Even when we don’t always agree with each other, we always know that we have a foundation higher than politics that we can rely on to remain unshakeable when times are tough.”
Townley is a former owner of a Christian Bible bookstore.
The vast majority of Oklahomans identify the Bible as the dominant book of faith. According to data from Pew Research Center, 79% of Oklahomans identify as Christians.
Wycliffe Bible Translators estimates that the full Bible is available in 717 different languages, giving nearly 6 billion people access to the book in its entirety. HB3890 is available for consideration in the upcoming legislative session, which begins Feb. 7 at noon.
Rep. Tammy Townley, R-Ardmore, represents House District 48 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Her district includes portions of Carter, Murray and Garvin Counties in Oklahoma.