Tue Feb 26, 2013, 10:56 PM
octoberlib (5,816 posts)
Bill would create Bible study elective for high schools
Raleigh, N.C. — Students at public high schools would be able to take a Bible study elective under a bill filed Tuesday by Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson.
"Somebody locally called me about it," Bingham said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. More than anything else, he said, he wanted to open a discussion about the idea.
"(Religion) has always been something that you don't discuss with schools," he said.
As currently drafted, Senate Bill 32 allows local school boards to "offer to students in grades nine through 12 elective courses for credit on the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament), the New Testament or a combination of the two subject matters."
The bill also specifies that the course would have to maintain "religious neutrality." Students could learn about the characters, poetry and content of the Bible as well as its "history, style, structure and societal influence."
Similar bills have raised objections in other states.
"It's very easy for teachers to cross the line and violate students' religious rights," Victoria Lopez, a program director with the Arizona office of the American Civil Liberties Union, told The Associated Press when a similar piece of legislation made its way into law in that state last year.
A call to the registered lobbyists for the ACLU of North Carolina was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Asked if he thought there might be any problems with church-state separation issues, Bingham said he didn't know. "I wouldn't think so," he said.
Bingham said that, if his bill passes, it would likely be up to students and parents to ask a local school system to develop an elective. School systems would have the option of whether to implement the course or not.
Creationism is next. You know it is.
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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 11:34 PM
zazen (2,734 posts)
1. maybe they really will "overreach"
I didn't think anything was reaching too much past the average uninformed Republican, Democratic and Independent voters, who got to mandate the past election because the liberal and progressive vote (including minorities) was gerrymandered beyond absurdity.
But they're packing 40 years of venom into less than four weeks at this point (i think this is 11th? piece of overreaching probably illegal and idiotic economy destroying legislation they've passed?).
I wonder if one of their more educated members (and there aren't many) might point out to them that this could backfire, even for maniacs funded by the Koch brothers.
Or they can keep the insane legislation going. They're doing more to mobilize the Left in this state than has happened since the 60s. God bless 'em.