What’s next, Sadie Fields and Bobby Kahn holding hands at a joint press conference?
Senators Golden, Stoner and Reed have proposed the Bible be taught as an elective:
“This is not about teaching faith. Teaching faith is up to the parents, not the public schools,” said Golden, the lead sponsor. “But teaching Bible literacy is so important because … the impact of the Bible on literature, arts, music history and politics is woven into the very fabric of our society.”
Policy and legal experts say educators long have been confused about whether teaching the Bible in public schools violates the so-called separation of church and state. But they say bringing the holy book into the schoolhouse is perfectly legal.
“The law is absolutely clear,” said Michael Broyde, academic director of the law and religion program at Emory University. “You can teach it from a historical, social or anthropological perspective. You just can’t teach it as sacred text.”
Broyde said the true legal test comes in the motivation of those in front of the classroom, some of whom might be prone to proselytize their own beliefs.
Maggie Garrett, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, agreed.
I wonder how this will be received by rank and file Democrats, and will it pull some Republicans toward the Democrats?