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Controversial Bible reading marathon comes to Council Bluffs

Posted at 9:22 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 11:58:27-04

The best selling book in history is also one of the most controversial.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation back in April encouraging "all Iowans" to participate in a statewide Bible-reading marathon in front of county courthouses, but many are questioning if the move is even constitutional.

"We want everyone to know - every worry - anything that you have the answer is in there. The words are in the Bible you just have to look," says Lona Colton, co-captain of Pottawatomie County for Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon.

The Bible reading marathon in Iowa was suppose to take place back in July, but when churches in Pottawatomie County found out it didn't happen there they decided to take the Bible reading right outside the steps of the county courthouse. 

But not everyone is on board with the idea.

ACLU of Iowa told the Des Moines Register the proclamation is "frankly outrageous and embarrassing" and does not include people of all faiths or those who are not religious.

We took to our Facebook page to ask viewers what they thought.

One person wrote, "Why? The church and state need to be separate."

 Another viewer wrote, “People can practice any religion, but the government picking one religion over another is wrong.”

The reading group says they understand how people may feel.

"It's all about love. I believe this is good. We're not hurting anybody," says Kellie Evans, co-captain of Pottawatomie County for Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon. "We believe in not judging others."