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Kentucky Legislature Considers Bible Curriculum for Public Schools

Posted by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:37 AM
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Kentucky Legislature Considers Bible Curriculum for Public Schools

A bill making its way through the Kentucky legislature would add religion classes to the state’s public school curriculum.

On Tuesday, the state Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 56, a measure that would allow public schools to teach elective Bible classes — non-mandatory classes students could choose to enroll in.  A similar proposal was passed in the Senate last year, but later died in the House.

According to local news station WFIE, the public has mixed opinions on the matter:

“I think it would be great if it did. There‘s just so many things that are lost in our morals today and I think it’s going to give us, give the students hope and maybe change the world,” Kentucky resident Debbie Enoch says.  “There‘s a lot of parents that aren’t religious and the kids that don’t have any way of finding out about religion unless they do have it in school”…

“I don‘t think it’s good in any manner and I think it’s against the Constitution. The Supreme Court will knock it down just like they did put in 10 Commandments in all school rooms,” Kentucky resident Laura McGrew says.

Leigh Murphee says she fully supports educating our youth with bible classes, but she has some concerns.  “I think that it might open up doors that we might not expect. Where do we stop teaching different religions?” Murphee says.

McGrew says she’s fully against the bill.  “It‘s a tight tight issue it really is and I don’t think public money ought to be spent to support teaching any religion,” McGrew says.

The bill still has several hurdles in front of it; it will be considered by the full Senate next.

by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:37 AM
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toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:39 AM

 Not for it.  As I've said, NO religion in schools, not even mine.  There are just too many interpretations of the Bible, even among "Christian" denominations to be able to do this right.

It's up to the parents to teach religion to their child-- if that is their desire. 

daisysrdeadly
by Bronze Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:43 AM

I don't care if they did this but than I think they should have to offer all religions are atleast the main religions too. My DD wouldn't take the class for one because we don't have a religion and second even if we did it doesn't mean that all my beliefs align with anothers beliefs just because we both identify as a certain religion.

Mandipants
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:47 AM


Quoting toomanypoodles:

 Not for it.  As I've said, NO religion in schools, not even mine.  There are just too many interpretations of the Bible, even among "Christian" denominations to be able to do this right.

It's up to the parents to teach religion to their child-- if that is their desire. 

I agree, although it is an elective. I grew up in Utah. Seminary was offered which was generally a Mormon thing, but they taught from the Bible.

I think this is a waste of time when there are other things to focus on right now.

tweety101149
by Platinum Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:56 AM

I wish it and epic fail.

Kaelansmom
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:33 AM


Quoting toomanypoodles:

 Not for it.  As I've said, NO religion in schools, not even mine.  There are just too many interpretations of the Bible, even among "Christian" denominations to be able to do this right.

It's up to the parents to teach religion to their child-- if that is their desire. 

I agree.


resamerie
by Platinum Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:41 AM

 Not for it. In all fairness they would have to offer every version of every religion and that would be impossible. Religion does not belong in the public school system.

DivingDiva
by Gold Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:39 AM


Quoting toomanypoodles:

 Not for it.  As I've said, NO religion in schools, not even mine.  There are just too many interpretations of the Bible, even among "Christian" denominations to be able to do this right.

It's up to the parents to teach religion to their child-- if that is their desire. 

This is pretty much what I was thinking.  I would imagine some of the more religious people would have the strongest objection to this because "Bible curriculum" can mean so many different things.  I think it's better to leave this kind of thing up to the parents.  I also think if they're going to add bible studies to the curriculum they should add other religious materials as well and that probably wouldn't be very popular either. 

tericared
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:44 AM

This is not fair, what about Islam, Judaism, Wicca, Buddhism, Satanist, Atheist,  etc etc etc?

RheaF
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:46 AM

 Why is it not fair? Perhaps if there was an increased interest in Islam, Wicca, etc, they would consider offering elective classes in it? You have to remember these electives take money, they would not just form the class if they didn't know that there would be students who wanted to take it. Also, it is an elective. It is not being forced on them. IMHO, as long as the class/group is not mandatory its fine.

sineado39
by Silver Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:47 AM

 agreed

Quoting toomanypoodles:

 Not for it.  As I've said, NO religion in schools, not even mine.  There are just too many interpretations of the Bible, even among "Christian" denominations to be able to do this right.

It's up to the parents to teach religion to their child-- if that is their desire. 

 

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