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“This administration is populated by people who’ve spent their careers bashing government. They’re not just small-government conservatives—they’re Grover Norquist, strangle-it-in-the-bathtub conservatives. It’s a cognitive disconnect for them to be able to do something well in an arena that they have so derided and reviled all these years.”

Senator Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Bibles in the classroom

Georgia lawmakers have approved a measure to fund elective Bible courses in public schools, raising concern among civil liberties groups the classes could violate the U.S. constitutional separation of church and state.

Under the bill, which now goes to Gov. Sonny Perdue for his signature, the State Board of Education would have to adopt curricula for two classes on the history and literature of the Old and New Testaments. School districts would then have the option of offering the courses.

What kind of uproar would ensue in Georgia if the state decided to fund elective Koran classes for their students? Would parents and congressmen realize that Islam has a place in the world's history as well, one that should be taught? Or would it evoke an outcry that would last until the bill was repealed? I'm leaning toward the latter.

There's already a place to go to learn the history and literature of the Bible. It's a place called church. Parents and students can go to church when they want without interference from the state. It's in the Constitution.

As far as the Bible in the classroom, well, I'm not so sure. I'd like to see a class that encompasses all religions and their teachings. Then students would have a well rounded education and could make decisions on their own. There's nothing to fear there, right, parents? After all, Christianity is the best religion for everyone. Right?