Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Bible Study in Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Georgia is close to becoming the first state in the nation to pass a bill sanctioning Bible studies classes in public schools.

Under the measure, which passed the House on Monday by a vote of 151-7, high school students could take state-funded elective courses on the history and literature of the Scriptures. Other states offer similar classes, but none is believed to have a law specifically authorizing classes on the Bible.

One of the key points in the debate over whether or not to teach evolution in science classes was whether or not students should be exposed to “alternative theories,” such as “intelligent design.” Even President Bush chimed in with his thoughts on the matter, saying that it was important for students to be made aware of other points of view. Well, I wonder if students in the Georgia Bible classes will also be exposed to other literary views with alternative theories such as The Silmarillion or the writings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.