OK state senator authors bill to allow Bible as classroom subject

Monday, January 26, 2015
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

An Oklahoma state senator has introduced a bill that would protect public schools from lawsuits when the Bible is taught as history. 

Mustang Public Schools shelved the idea of teaching the Bible as history after two atheist groups claimed that would be unconstitutional. 

The class would be an elective and not mandatory. 

Sen. Kyle Loveless says the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that's not unconstitutional and his bill would protect public schools from lawsuits.

"The class on the Bible that deals with its historical and literary effect on our nation and world is perfectly permitted under the First Amendment," he claims, adding that it is not a violation of church and state.

Bible closeup (Book of Genesis)The left-wing Huffington Post admitted in a story about the bill that the U.S. Supreme Court "permits religion to be taught in schools provided it is presented objectively as a part of a secular program of education." 

A religion professor quoted in the story told the Post he objected to the curriculum because it views the Bible through a "Christian lense" and because the textbook insists that what the Bible states is true. 

The professor also told the liberal website that "you cannot make sense of Western art or American literature without basic biblical literacy." 

The Huffington Post reported in a story last year that a Massachusetts public school was teaching middle-school students about Islam. After a Christian parent pulled his son from the class, the superintendent told the website that the school was "teaching history, not religion," and said understanding religious faith was important to understanding history.

Loveless says there is a great deal of interest among students, saying 20 spots were available and more than 200 students wanted to be in the class.  

"So the demand is there," he says.

The textbook is "The Book: The Bible's History, Narrative and Impact."

That's the same textbook that the Green family, who founded Hobby Lobby, hoped to introduce into Mustang's public schools. 

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