Kentucky Gov: Charlottesville Violence Caused By Lack Of Bibles In Classrooms

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin claimed the absence of bibles inside U.S. classrooms caused the violence that engulfed Charlottesville, Virginia last week according to Patheos Atheist. (Gov. Matt Bevin / Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin claimed the absence of bibles inside U.S. classrooms caused the violence that engulfed Charlottesville, Virginia last week according to Patheos Atheist.

Bevin linked the removal of religious education in public schools to the efforts to take down Confederate monuments, saying that taking the Bible out of schools is also a “dangerous” attempt to “scrub history” because “when you go back a couple of hundred years, in most instances the only textbooks that were in our public schools were the Bible.”
“And it’s interesting,” he added, referring to the discussion of Charlottesville, “the more we’ve removed any sense of spiritual obligation or moral higher authority or absolute right and wrong, the more we’ve removed things that are biblically taught from society, the more we’ve seen the kind of mayhem that we were just discussing.*”*

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Yossarian Johnson
Yossarian Johnson

Editor

The bible is such a large and ultimately confusing document (there are parts of the bible that undermine each other) that attempts to create public policy on it will likely lead to illogical ends. Even the basics don't mean what they sound like: Thou shall not kill... This seems simple but then there are positive commandments in Leviticus that mandate you to kill.

Erica
Erica

Editor

I could argue the more we've removed such teachings, we've seen progress in overall attitudes toward women, children, minorities, and the concept of justice for all. We can all cherry pick to support our view, but it doesn't make the view a good or right one.