House Members Push Bill Honoring King James Bible

Two members of Congress have introduced a resolution celebrating the influence of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible on America.

In conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the KJV, U.S. Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) and Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) sponsored H.Con.Res. 38, which notes the “influence” the KJV has had on “countless families, individuals, and institutions” and “expresses…gratitude for the influence it has bestowed upon the United States.”

The resolution also claims that the “teachings of Scriptures, particularly read from the King James Scriptures, have inspired concepts of civil government contained in our founding documents, and subsequent laws.”

A small Michigan-based non-profit called the Bible Nation Society lobbied for this measure during the spring budget debate. An affiliate of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Corunna, Mich., the society was founded by the congregation’s pastor, Douglas Levesque.

In 2010, at the society’s “Bible in Culture” conference, Levesque asserted that President Barack Obama might be the Antichrist. According to Religion Dispatches, Levesque claimed that Obama “twist[s] the word of God” and “the Antichrist Quotient goes up above and beyond for someone who would so blatantly attack the word of God.” He added, “This man offends me, this man offends my God.”

Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn opposes passage of the congressional resolution.

“The resolution is completely outside the realm of congressional expertise or interest,” Lynn told Religion Dispatches.