I'm typing this on a lazy Friday afternoon after eating a rather filling lunch of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy at my mom and dad's house in Texas.
Frankly, I'm a little drowsy and could use a nap.
So I can't swear that I'm thinking totally clearly or that my questions about a news report on Tennessee's governor vetoing a bill to make the Bible that state's official book will be relevant to anyone except me. But since I get paid the big bucks to do so, I'll go ahead and ask.
As you may recall, I first posted on the Tennessee debate last week:
In recent days, Godbeat pro Holly Meyer and her colleagues at The Tennessean have done some excellent coverage on the issue:
However, the story that sparked my questions was produced by The Associated Press:
The AP's lede:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill seeking to make Tennessee the first state to designate the Bible as its official book.
Haslam, who considered entering a seminary before deciding to join the family truck stop business after college, said in his veto message that the bill "trivializes the Bible, which I believe is a sacred text."
The bill had narrowly passed both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly after sponsors said it aimed at honoring the significance of the Bible in the state's history and economy, as opposed to a government endorsement of religion.
"If we believe that the Bible is the word of God, then we shouldn't be recognizing it only as a book of historical and economic significance," Haslam said.
Later, readers learn:
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Steve Southerland, an ordained minister, and Rep. Jerry Sexton, a retired Baptist pastor. Both are Republicans from eastern Tennessee. Both are vowing to mount bids to override Haslam's veto next week.
Here's what I wonder: The AP strongly hints that the governor is a religious person (given that he considered entering seminary and calls the Bible "a sacred text"). Now, folks in Tennessee may be aware that Haslam serves as an elder for the Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn., an Evangelical Presbyterian Church, according to the church's website. But would the wire service's readers across the U.S. benefit from the AP including that information in the story?
Similarly, would more precise details concerning the ordination of Southerland (whose Senate website mentions his involvement with a Southern Baptist church in Morristown, Tenn.) and the specific Baptist affiliation of Sexton (read: Southern Baptist) be worth highlighting?
Would a general audience care to know that? Or am I — cloudy brain and all — advocating too much inside baseball? I'd love to know what you think, dear readers. Please tweet us at @GetReligion or comment below.