North Carolina bill would allow the Bible to be taken as elective in public schools

I was listening to callers discuss this on the radio this morning and while some liked the idea, others worry that it will open the door to other religions and even others think it’s ridiculous to allow our liberal educators teach the Bible at all for fear they will twist and malign it as they do with so many other things.

I think I could see myself with potentially all of those concerns:

FOX NEWS – Passages from the Bible could become part of the curriculum in North Carolina’s public high schools under legislation proposed in the General Assembly.

The bill would allow local school boards to offer elective courses for credit on the Old Testament, the New Testament or a combination of both.

No student would be required to take the classes, but they would provide academic credit toward graduation. While civil libertarians worry about religious courses at taxpayer-supported schools violating the Constitutional separation of church and state, primary sponsor Sen. Stan Bingham said Wednesday he doesn’t see a problem.

“This is an elective,” said Bingham (R-Davidson). “I don’t think it’s out of order for a student to ask a school system to take an elective in the Bible.”

Bingham’s bill, as written, only names the Bible as an option. A dozen lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Senate have signed on as co-sponsors, including three Democrats.


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