Thursday, February 18, 2010

Senate panel approves Bible literacy bill

"I'm concerned we can't even get out of committee
before we start preaching"
about the values of the Bible.
---Tim Shaughnessy

The motivation is not to establish religion, but...

This from Bluegrass Politics:
One state senator cast a vote of “Amen” Thursday when the Senate Education Committee unanimously approved a bill to give public schools guidelines for teaching the Bible as an elective social studies course.

Another senator, Republican Elizabeth Tori of Elizabethtown, praised the Democratic sponsors of the bill, saying she believed “angels have sat down on your shoulders.”

But another warned that the state must proceed carefully with the bill and said teachers in public schools must be sure to teach, not preach, the Bible to students if the measure becomes law.

A large crowd made up mostly of school students from various Kentucky counties attended the committee meeting in which Democratic Sens. David Boswell of Owensboro and Julian Carroll of Frankfort presented Senate Bill 142.

Boswell, primary sponsor of the measure, said it would let the state Department of Education come up with regulations to guide public schools as they “teach students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture.” ...

Carroll said the bill is not creating “a faith-based course,” but he contended that public schools have experienced problems such as shootings since the Bible was taken out of the classroom.

“We took the Bible out of the school but we put nothing back,” he said.

Carroll contended that the Bible can teach “life skills and values.”...

In voting for the bill, Sen. Vernie McGaha, R-Russell Springs, told Carroll that “preaching” might help public schools....

Thanks to Toni Konz for the quote.

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