WV Republicans Seek To Mandate That All Schools Teach Bible Courses

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In West Virginia, two state lawmakers are seeking to mandate all schools offer electives relating to the Bible.

In West Virginia, two Republican state lawmakers are seeking to mandate all schools offer electives relating to the Bible. The bill would apply to both private and public schools.

If the bill is passed, students would be able to enroll in classes for either the 'Hebrew' scriptures or the Christian bible.

According to the bill, the elective course would "teach students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture."

Laughably, the authors of the bill claim that they are not looking to promote any particular religious viewpoint even though the classes being mandated revolve around the books that make up the Christian Bible.

It also states that the course taught at any school "may not endorse, favor, or promote, or disfavor or show hostility toward, any particular religion or nonreligious faith or religious perspective," according to federal law.

If this bill is not an attempt to, "endorse, favor, or promote, or disfavor or show hostility toward, any particular religion or nonreligious faith or religious perspective," then will this bill also mandate schools teach electives in the Holy Quran, the Mahabharata (a holy book from the Hindu faith), Wiccan holy books or books on secular humanism?

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Erica
Erica

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This is vexing not only because there's clear favoritism but also because done correctly I do think there is value in understanding religions.

They're wasting a good opportunity and pushing their agenda instead. So foolish.

When I was younger, my Christian parents worried about me straying from the faith, and I'm sure that would have led them to be wary of curriculum teaching other religions. But I couldn't be happier that I was exposed to such things in college.

A lot of people don't realize how narrow minded they are, and offering a range of religious studies electives in high school could be helpful.