Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Central Texas Public High School Establishes Bible Course
I've got little objection to public schools offering comparative religion courses to juniors and seniors as electives, except when school districts cannot adequately afford to fund the basics or to pay teachers enough or to order supplies. However, teaching a Bible class in public school--elective or not--using textbooks from unapologetic Bible advocates is merely a veiled attempt by local government to establish Christianity as the official religion of New Braunfels, Texas.
Posted by S-townMike at 1/17/2006 07:00:00 PM
Labels: Culture, Education, Establishment Clause
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Actually, this *isn't* an attempt to establish an "official religion," although I'm certain folks on both sides of the "debate" assume it to be so.ReplyDelete
I'll admit I was concerned at first, since area media coverage wasn't very substantive. But I did some checking and found out this isn't Dover redux.
An informative review can be found here from the Society of Biblical Literature:
Also, there's an interesting article by Charles Haynes of the First Amendment Center, here:
I agree that a comparative religions class would be preferable, but this isn't a bad curriculum.