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Bill Would Allow Bible Literacy Class Into Public High Schools

POSTED: 10:35 am CST December 2, 2005
NBC 13

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- School boards in Alabama could eventually be offering courses in Bible literacy if a bill promoted by two Democratic state legislators becomes law.

House Majority Leader Ken Guin of Carbon Hill, has pre-filed a bill that would authorize public school systems to offer the elective in grades 9 through 12.

The course will be based on the textbook titled "The Bible and Its Influence," that was published in September by the Bible Literacy Project, a Fairfax, Virginia-based nonprofit.

Guin spoke at a news conference Thursday with House Speaker Seth Hammett of Andalusia.

The bill can be considered in the regular session, which begins January 10.

Supporters of the bill say the course would not be a devotional study of the Bible, but an academic discussion of how it has influenced literature, art, history, music and Western civilization.

Critics, including the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, say it's another attempt by Christians to preach in classrooms.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.
 

 
 

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