For the second year in a row, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed the new year the “Year of the Bible.”
Bevin proclaimed 2016 the Year of the Bible, which was fine. It’s a little vague since the Bible is such a large and eclectic book, but then a year-long theme for an entire state probably should be fairly vague. Really, Bevin was acknowledging Kentucky’s Christian majority and pandering for support among those who believe there should be less separation between church and state. It wasn’t a surprising move for a politician at all, and a mostly harmless one as well.
Now, Bevin has proclaimed 2017 will also be the Year of the Bible, which just seems silly. Any significance the first Year of the Bible may have had is now diluted by Bevin making it painfully clear that it doesn’t mean anything at all.
A little creativity could have gone a long way here. Perhaps 2017 could have been the “Year of the Golden Rule,” the “Year of Giving Back” or the “Year of Faith.” Or there could have been a good governance element to it — how about the “Year of Responsible Spending?” Or it could have been the first in a series of years praising people who help Kentucky function — the “Year of the Teacher” or the “Year of the Firefighter,” for example.
There seem to be plenty of options out there that would emphasize the values of Kentucky voters in different and more interesting ways. But instead of something fresh for 2017, Bevin chose to reheat last year’s leftovers.
Advocate-Messenger of Danville