JACKSON, MS (WMC) - A couple of lawmakers in Mississippi are proposing to make The Bible the official book of the Magnolia State.
Religion is a hot topic in Mississippi, regardless of what side of the issue you stand on.
"I'm definitely kind of a, kind of a black sheep in Mississippi," said Casey Craig of Southaven.
Outside a house of books, WMC Action News 5's Michael Clark asked people what they thought about two lawmakers' proposal.
"I think it's great. I'm sorry we even took it out of the schools," said Pam Schmidt.
Many people liked the idea, but Craig thinks it's dangerously close to the line.
"I respect people's freedom of religion, but at the same point, I also think it shouldn't be force fed," he said.
Democratic Representative Tom Miles from Forest is behind the bill, along with Michael Evans from Preston.
Miles believes says the idea is symbolic in nature and came from his constituents east of Jackson.
"Someone said, maybe if we had a little more love and compassion and kindness for others and the way we treat and talk to our fellow man, you know, this world might be a better place," Miles said in a phone interview with WMC Action News 5.
While Miles agrees with the bible's messages, he says he's not forcing religion or scripture on anyone.
Barbara Nix thinks it might encourage others to read The Bible.
"It don't have to be forced, like I said before, it's your belief and it's how you feel about things. My perspective is I believe and I think it should take place, but I'm just one person," she said.
The House bill will soon be assigned a number. Miles said he has support across both party lines.
Mississippi has an official tree, song, and bird. It could take months until lawmakers decide whether it's time the state designates a book, too.
"Everyone in Mississippi doesn't have a magnolia tree in their front yard, and I'm sure everyone in Mississippi doesn't own a holy bible," Miles said.