Praise the Lord

Or at least read him. Georgia schools can now offer Bible classes. Of course there are no guidelines beyond the ACLU lawsuits that will inevitably show up.

A new law requires the State Board of Education to create two optional, non-devotional classes on the history and literature of the Old and New Testaments and leaves the details for the State Board of Education to decide. But a proposal from the state Department of Education indicates that most of the decisions will be left to local school systems —- which will be given little information about appropriate lessons, classroom materials or teacher qualifications.

Now, seriously, does any student really want to spend one class every day studying the Bible and then go to Sunday School on Sunday for more?

9 comments

  1. Mike Hauncho says:

    I would not hurt if our children spent a little more time studying the Bible. You are also assuming that all those children are going to church on Sunday’s to begin with. I assure you they are not.

  2. DougieFresh says:

    Mike,

    When viewed through your prism, I think the ACLU has every right to have it struck from the curriculum. I am sure there are some kids out there who would want to study the bible for the same reason that some kids want to study Greek or Egyptian mythology. Reference the “non-devotional” part.

    I doubt anyone would make the similar comment that
    “it would not hurt if our children spent a little more time studying the …” Book of the Dead (or whatever the Egyptians had, if they were looking at it “non-devotionally”.

    I am for allowing the classes as an elective, but inevitably it will end badly, as both sides in this debate have replaced their confessed religions with the religion of prayer/no prayer in school. How long before the class is begun with a “student lead” prayer?

  3. Decaturguy says:

    The question is, though, “Big Government” Mike, if children are not going to Sunday school, is it Big Government’s job to make sure that they are studying the Bible. Maybe you think that it is, so long as you own up to it.

  4. Mike Hauncho says:

    Decaturguy,

    I never said it was “Big Government’s job to make sure that they are studying the Bible.” What I said was “it would not hurt if our children spent a little more time studying the Bible.” There is a lot to learn from its contents. Whether you are religious or not there are valuable lessons inside and a lot of history. Teach it as an elective or even add various other religions to the class as well. I find it funny in an odd way when people get so scared when the idea comes out that people might actually have to read the Bible. The Bible does not make people Christians. It is up to each person to make their own decision as to what they want to do with what they take from it. We would have a lot fewer problems in the world if people would let others learn from the beliefs of others that way we can better know why they feel or act the way they do. Instead we just box ourselves in and become ignorant.

  5. StevePerkins says:

    If any Georgia school district were to introduce a genuinely “non-devotional” Bible study class, the outcry would come not so much from the ACLU as from fundamentalist Christians.

    Do you really think that hardcore evangelicals could accept a class that teaches the Hebrew and Christian scripture with the same approach schools use to teach Greek mythology? How would they react to a survey of academic perspectives on the Bible as a historical account (almost all serious scholars accept that much of the Old Testament was written after the Babylonian exile, and few if any of the New Testament gospels came from the people to whom they’re attributed).

    If you just sit around telling Sunday School stories, then it’s a devotional class (and SHOULD be challenged by civil liberty groups). Otherwise, if you really do treat it as an academic subject from a secular perspective, the fundamentalists’ brains will short-circuit. There is no possible way to go about this in a public school and not come out a loser.

  6. Decaturguy says:

    Hey Mike, how about if Big Government decided that there are probably a lot of “valuable lessons” and “a lot of history” in the Koran as well, and they thought it would be a good idea to study it in public schools? Still support it? Because that is probably what is going to happen when this law is challenged. The courts will say that if you teach the Judeo-Christian Bible they you have to open the door to the teaching of other religious texts as well, because, of course, government cannot favor one particular religion.

  7. heroV says:

    With the quality of many of our schools in Georgia, the quality of instruction in these Bible classes will undoubtedly suck. Shouldn’t schools be focused on improving the quality of classes in the “standard” curriculum before adding things like Bible classes?

  8. Mike Hauncho says:

    Decaturguy,

    If you would read my comments thoroughly you would already have my answer. Teach other religions as well but I think it should tie in with Judeo-Christian teachings to compare and contrast the various religions and beliefs and the root of those beliefs. This allows people to make decisions based on understanding instead of preconceived notions. You are acting like I am head of Christian Coalition and want to force Christianity down everyone throats. Yes I am a Christian but I feel that if we neglect religions we do everyone a disservice.

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