High court okay with 'Christian Worldview' course

Monday, November 26, 2012
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Because the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, high school students in a South Carolina public school district can continue taking off-campus religion courses for school credit.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation argues that the district is endorsing religion. But the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals already upheld a lower court decision in favor of the Spartanburg County School District's program that gives students credit for taking a "Christian Worldview" class at a neighboring religious school (see earlier story).

Smith, Oran (Palmetto Family Council)Oran Smith of the Palmetto Family Council, an organization that aims to "persuasively present biblical principles in the centers of influence on issues affecting the family," says this is good news for Spartanburg High students.

"We saw a drop-off between middle and high school, and hopefully that will go away," he notes. "These students will now be able to take these classes, get the elective credit and have that count toward graduation."

The policy is based on state law, and the material is evaluated using secular criteria. Smith says these courses provide a significant opportunity.

"They're not teaching the Bible as history and literature, which would be wonderful, of course; these are teaching the Bible as Scripture, as the Word of God. So, to receive high school credit for that is something that's, I think, significant," he contends.

District 7 Superintendent Russell Booker says he is relieved because with the Supreme Court's decision, the lawsuit is at an end.

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