On Monday, President Trump caused controversy once again. He got the leftist mainstream media and the left bothered by lending his endorsement to Bible literacy classes to public schools.
“Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!” Trump said in a tweet.
A handful of states are in support, pushing to introduce elective courses that would teach the Bible in terms of its historical context.
Many critics have pointed out that such bills blur the constitutional line separating church and state. Defenders have argued the courses would be elective, therefore, not forcing anything on a student.
The bills have been introduced this month in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia. Similar bills in Alabama, Iowa, and West Virginia failed to pass last year, and a bill allowing elective Bible and Hebrew Scriptures classes passed in Kentucky in 2017.
In all six states introducing Bible literacy bills, the house and senate are both under Republican control except Virginia.
Aaron McWilliams of North Dakota told Fox News that “without allowing the Bible into schools… we look at establishing a religion of secularism in school by not having anything else.”
Perhaps introducing this bill wouldn’t be so bad for us as a nation, after all his is a nation founded upon Christianity.
The ACLU has argued that the Bible literacy bill violates the First Amendment clause. The First Amendment does not prohibit all teaching of the Bible in public schools. The Supreme Court ruled that the Bible may be used in a historical context, but not to preach Christianity to students. In order for the bills to be passed the Bible literacy classes would have to be taught in neutrality.
No matter what you believe, the fact is that the Bible is the most influential book in history, best selling, most quoted, most debated, most criticized writings ever compiled in history. The Bible has molded the world we live in and most importantly here in the United States.
Students should be able to decide for themselves if they want to take religious classes. The simple fact is, many students may have never been taught religion by there parents. Let us allow today’s children decide for themselves and take the classes that nourish their curiosity. Would introducing religion in classes be such a bad idea after all?