A Shreveport lawmaker is dropping his proposal to name the Bible as the state book of Louisiana.

Republican Representative Thomas Carmody has told the House he won't pursue the measure. He says lawmakers have told him they were worried the bill was becoming a distraction from more important debates, like the state budget.

Shreveport Catholic Bishop Michael Duca told 710 KEEL News that he was not in favor of making the Bible the state book. He said "this would politicize the Bible and that's not something we should be doing."