Kentucky Approves Bible Classes For Public Schools

BibleLEX18.com via the AP reports:

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky may follow the lead of Texas and a handful of other states in allowing Bible classes to be taught in public schools.

The Senate Education Committee on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would effectively return the Bible to classrooms across Kentucky.

“The purpose is to allow the Bible to be used for its literature content as well as its art and cultural and social studies content,” said state Sen. David Boswell, D-Owensboro, chief sponsor of the bill that is modeled after a Texas measure.

Under the Kentucky proposal, Bible courses would be offered as electives, meaning schools could choose whether to offer them to students as a social studies credit and that students could decide whether to take them.

Boswell said he believes the legislation is constitutional because the Bible won’t be taught from a religious perspective. What sets the legislation apart, he said, is that it proposes teaching, not preaching, the Bible.

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  • Gregory

    What, they don't teach English anymore? The Bible was taught in high school English right with Shakespeare, Milton, etc when I was a kid and there was no problem with it. Much of it, especially the KJV is high poetry (word on the street is Wild Bill even had a hand in some of the Psalms, which would explain why they had him whacked). Having a separate class just for the Bible is such an obvious thing that this will get struck down as unconstitutional soon enough.

    Unless the Koran and other sacred texts also get the same treatment. I think if the works of Crowley were offered as electives you'd have SRO.

    Public Notice to the Xians. America is a secular nation and the articles under which it was created forbid the state from recognizing any religion. Having a separate class in public school just for the bible is ridiculously such a breach of this fundamental truth about America that it should be considered traitorous. Public Notice the Second: the moment enough of the flat-earth southerners have enough influence in government to attempt to make America into a Theocracy (why don't we just ask England to take us back as a colony while we're at it?) the North will put the bluecoats on again and it will be Civil War II The Sequel: Deconstruction.

    fiat lux

    • john

      yes, this is why they want to teach it in kentucky…. the literary aspect. i live in very rural kentucky. 16,000 people in a very large county…. 4 grade schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school. and approximately 400 churches. yes, i'm certain that it will only be taught as literature around here…. and that's why they should be allowed to teach creationism, because, hey, it's a theory!

  • jb

    I'm embarrassed to say this guy is from my home town. Luckily not everyone from there is like that. Since I attended grade school through high school there I've got a better idea…. They should start allowing Algebra books to be used in a mathematical context there first….along with Biology text books to be used in a science context there first before we start teaching religion there. Kids that live there get too much bible study as it is compared to subjects that would prepare them for things like college or the working world.

  • radiac

    Does this mean the Church will start paying taxes? Heaven forbid.

  • emperorreagan

    I grew up in a heavily Mormon area. They offered seminary classes at school there – the catch was that the classes were “release time.” Anyone could take release time and do whatever they wanted, which I imagine is how they got around the law.

    I took full advantage of that loophole. I fulfilled all of my high school graduation requirements before my senior year, then spent my senior year of high school taking a lot of release time & screwing around with my friends.

  • nick__nick

    Let them teach the Bible in classrooms. Only requirement: lectures are to be videos of Richard Dawkins take :)

    • Aeiluindae

      Richard Dawkins knows nothing about the bible, at least from what I've seen, and he's not relevant to it as literature, either. Just as the fundamentalist approach to the Bible is idiotic, so is Dawkins's. They both ignore most of what's there on any level. It roughly equivalent to reading the Chronicles of Narnia, Life of Pi, insert allegorical book here, and ignoring the allegory.

      • nick__nick

        I was kinda kidding…but hey glad to see you are ready for any argument!

      • James_Smith

        Richard Dawkins, like most atheists, knows far more about the bible than any of the moronic christians.

        How can it be an allegory when the religious reich insists it is the literal word of god? All religions are false, but the christians are among the very worst.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    blocking a bible class could be damaging,
    if you block a bible class the decision could be used to block classes from using any kind of mythology.
    if taught as a literature coarse it could be a great coarse and get young people to read critically and not just believe what they are told. The class should only be stopped if it were turned into a public funded ministry

    • Aeiluindae

      Agreed. The Bible as literature is interesting. Among other things, it's good for understanding issues like translation of poetry, times when things don't translate well, that kind of thing, as well as the content itself. Publicly-funded ministry would be bad and end badly for so many reasons.

  • tonyviner

    No bueno. I don't mind it being used in a strictly literary and (somewhat) historical context, but I have a feeling that this would not be the case. Parents can brainwash their kids on their own time, I don't think my tax dollars should pay for it.

  • James_Smith

    Again, we have the religious reich imposing their sick ideas upon everyone else and continuing to brainwash children. When will rational ideas prevail and religion of all kinds be regarded as the perversion it is?

    Most of the problems of the world are, and always have been, caused by religion. Mankind will never truly be free until the black yoke of religion is lifted by the clear light of truth and logic.

  • vera city

    Pants on Fire!!!

  • Rheokhu

    If this class curriculum is what Kentucky's Senate Education Commitee claims it is, I have no objection. Familiarizing myself with the Bible in full context, instead of learning line by decontextual line the way it was taught to me in Sunday school, was essential to my eventual abandonment of my religious upbringing.

  • http://www.rts.edu/ Seminary

    The proposal of having a bible class for public classes is splendid. With this they would be more engaged with religion and teachings of the bible. Our seminary has the same purpose aswell to educate and inform each and everyone about theology

  • john

    yes, this is why they want to teach it in kentucky…. the literary aspect. i live in very rural kentucky. 16,000 people in a very large county…. 4 grade schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school. and approximately 400 churches. yes, i’m certain that it will only be taught as literature around here…. and that’s why they should be allowed to teach creationism, because, hey, it’s a theory!

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