Texas schools have been teetering on the edge of doom for some time now, but it’s finally happened. They’d gone over the edge. Teaching the Bible is now REQUIRED in Texas schools:
Come this fall, a Texas law says all public schools must offer information relating to the Bible in their curriculum.
“By the end of the year, what they begin to realize is that it is pervasive. You can’t get away from it. The kids came back and were like ‘It’s everywhere,'” said John Keeling, the social studies chair at Whitehouse High School. Whitehouse already offers a Bible elective. “The purpose of a course like this isn’t even really to get kids to believe it, per se, it is just to appreciate the profound impact that it has had on our history and on our government.”
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“I don’t want anybody teaching their religious beliefs to my child unless they want to send their child to my house and let me teach them my religious views,” said Tatum. “There is no difference.”
Now I did study some of the Bible in high school, but only in a literature class being taught as literature next to The Bhagavad Gita, Gilgamesh, and Oedipus. And I have no objection to teaching the Bible as literature in a literature class, a mythology class, or comparative religion class. But the key is that you have to teach it along side other religious texts. And this law doesn’t not require the teaching of other religious texts, only the Judeo-Christian Bible, which means government is playing favorites and respecting the establishment of religion, a blatant violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.
Though depending on what parts of the Bible they’re teaching, this could be a good thing because nothing causes people to run faster away from religion than reading the whole Bible from beginning to end. But I doubt that will be done.
And somehow I doubt the following passages will make it into the curricula:
Exodus 21:2-6, Exodus 21:7-11, Exodus 21:20-21, Leviticus 25:44-46, Deuteronomy 15:12-15, Ephesians 6:5, 1 Timothy 6:1-2, Colossians 4:1, Luke 12:47-48, Acts 5:1-10, Hosea 13:16, Ezekiel 9:6, Ezekiel 23:22-27, Joshua 10:5-11, Joshua 8:1-28, Judges 1:4-6, Joshua 6:20-21, Joshua 7:19-25, Joshua 10:28-42, Judges 3:28-29, 1 Samuel 15:1-3, 1 Sam 18:25-30, Deut. 28:15-68, Lev. 20:13, Exodus 32:27-28, Lev. 21:9, Exodus 21:17, Exodus 22:18, Exodus 31:15, Exodus 22:20, Lev. 20:10-16, Lev. 20:27, Deut. 17:3-5, Deut. 22:20-21, Deut. 17:12, Deut. 22:23-24, Numbers 31:32-40.