Legislator holds Bible study sessions in Capitol office

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican legislator has been holding weekly Bible study sessions in his state Capitol office for the past three years.

Rep. Paul Tittl, a Manitowoc Republican, says he began holding the sessions every Wednesday morning since he came into office in 2013. He says his first email as a lawmaker was a message inviting legislators to the sessions.

Tittl, who describes himself as a follower of the Evangelical Free denomination, says anywhere between four and a dozen legislators typically show up for the sessions. He says they come from both parties and have included members of what he calls "every main-line faith," including Catholics, Jews, Methodists and evangelicals.

Freedom from Religion Foundation co-founder Annie Laurie Gaylor says Bible sessions in a legislator's state office are inappropriate.

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