Arkansas OK’s bill to make Bible study an elective course

Apparently legislators in Arkansas are convinced the ills of society can be fixed if they ensure students are brainwashed into Christianity. In order to do so, they’ve passed a Bill that would lay out “guidelines” for public schools who want to offer elective classes on the Bible.

Republican Rep. Denny Altes called the Bible the most accurate history book and says students could learn about its influence on literature, culture and politics in a nonreligious setting.

It’s highly doubtful these electives will be critical of the Bible, and the fact that Denny-boy thinks this book of mythology is the most accurate history book indicates he’s never actually bothered to study any other texts. He’s seeing the world through his “faith goggles”, and like their beer counterpart, they severely affect judgement.

The Bill now heads for the House to be voted on, and it’s my hope that people there have their heads screwed on right. This kind of indoctrination has no place in public schools. I’m not too hopeful for any sanity from equally moronic politicians, but a man can hope, can’t he?

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    AJ Buwalda

    We should do the same for the Qur’an. That would be something; half of state would flipping a lid at the mention of such a bill.

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    Excellant point, AJ. Also the Israelie archaelogists that were trying to find proof of the Exodus even admitted that it could not have happened. Judaic Jews in Jerusalem that are trying to prove for THEIR religion admitted it didn’t happen! You have to love the honesty of it all, as Hitch beutifully pointed out. So if Jews are admitting THE most important part of their legacy didn’t happen than obviously the Bible is not historically accurate. Oh that and there is no physical evidence outside of the Bible good old Jesus ever existed, but I could go on all day!

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    shane hillyer

    let them do it. If the student are graded on their knowledge of the Bible then that sounds good to me, but if they are learning some apologetics cramp then that is a problem

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    While Mr. Altes’ comment is moronic, there’s nothing inherently wrong with a Bible study course. The book’s impact on literature is undeniable, and taught from the proper perspective — a dubious prospect, I’ll admit — it could open some eyes.

    Wasn’t the feature video on this site Penn Jillette talking about how a Bible study group inspired his non-belief not to long ago?

    Regardless, the proposed course is elective, not mandatory.

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    AJ Buwalda

    @Kyle; I am not opposed to studying the cultural impact of the bible as long as the qur’an abd the Vedas are also included. They had as big an impact as the bible.

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    “While Mr. Altes’ comment is moronic, there’s nothing inherently wrong with a Bible study course.”

    Yeah….Isn’t that what CHURCHES are for!!! The Bible has NO PLACE in public schools….PERIOD!!!!

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