A West Texas school district has agreed to change the curriculum for a high school course on the Bible to settle a lawsuit that said it amounted to religious indoctrination.
The federal suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the People for the American Way Foundation on behalf of eight parents in the Odessa area. It argued that the course curriculum, adopted in 2005 by the Ector County Independent School District, promoted Protestant Christianity and a specific reading of the Bible as a literal
Public schools can teach the Bible if done in a neutral way. It cannot be taught as it would be in a Sunday school class, legal scholars said. As part of the settlement, the district agreed to use a new curriculum developed by a committee of local educators.
Friday, March 07, 2008
This from the New York Times.