One House Republican decided his colleagues needed a little inspiration, so he sent every one of them a new Bible.

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) sent a letter as well, telling each of his House and Senate colleagues that the "best advice comes through meditating on God's Word" and that the Holy Bible could "help guide you in your decision-making."


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The books were donated by one of Palazzo's constituents from southern Mississippi named J.B. Atchison.

Read more on the delivery below via Talking Points Memo and watch the Fox and Friends hosts' discussion above.

Palazzo's letter was treated as a gesture of good will, including by non-Christian members of Congress who also received a copy of the Bible. The first Muslim elected to Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), wrote back with a thank-you note. His office and other offices wouldn't discuss the letter on the record.

Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, criticized the idea of using the Bible as a guide for legislating.

"When a politician calls for using the Bible as the basis for public policy, what he or she is really saying is, 'Let's use the Bible as I interpret it as the basis for public policy,'" Lynn said in response to Palazzo's letter. "When it comes to religion, our nation is pluralistic and diverse. Rather than look to the Bible or any other religious book to craft our nation's public policy, we would do well to examine another source instead, one that was actually created to guide governance. It's called the Constitution."

Palazzo rode into Congress on the tea party wave of 2010. He represents a deeply conservative district in southeastern Mississippi based in Biloxi. His office didn't return a message requesting to discuss the letter.


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