August 5, 2007


Does the Bible have a place in public schools?: New legal mandates and the rise of two national curricula are driving a surge in the number of classes — and the debate over how they're taught. (Seema Mehta, August 5, 2007, LA Times)

It looks like a scene out of Sunday school — students in a southern Orange County classroom huddle over Bibles as teacher Ryan Cox guides them in analyzing the relationship between God and Satan.

"If God is supposedly omnipotent, if he exists and is all-powerful, why let the serpent in the Garden" of Eden? Cox asks. "Why let him hurt Job? Why let him tempt Jesus?"

But this lesson, at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, is one of the growing number of Bible classes being taught in public schools across the nation.

There is broad agreement across the social, political and religious spectrum, and most important the Supreme Court, that the Bible can be taught in public schools and that knowledge of the Bible is vital to students' understanding of literature and art, including "Moby-Dick," Michelangelo and "The Matrix."

But battles are raging in statehouses, schools and courtrooms over how to teach but not to preach.

As the number of these classes increases across the nation, civil libertarians, religious minorities and others fear that Bible lessons cloaked in the guise of academia may provide cover for proselytizing in public schools.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2007 9:46 AM

Anyone who couldn't conform Bible study to the requirements of neutrality inherent in secu;ar education is too verbally ignorant to be a teacher.

Just keep throwing in the escape words--academic hedges--from time to time during the lesson: piece of cake.

The religious voters need to realize that we have made our move, and the witches and queers are on to the game. Giving up our control of the government is going to mean Chistianos ad leones for sure.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 5, 2007 11:28 AM

The schools will pollute and destroy the Bible just as they have destroyed reading (whole language), math (U of C's contentless drivel), Science (man-made global warming & "Inconvient truth" as fact)

"The stupid party" is nearly as bought off by teachers unions as the dems, and at the state level (where education policy REALLY matters), the cabal of Administrators, municipal bond churners, Textbook companies, law firms, building contractors, and now power suppliers, have used their access to cash to corrupt a good chunk of the Republican infrastructure.

Public Schooling will destroy this nation, if in fact, the damage caused hasn't already.

Posted by: Bruno at August 5, 2007 12:12 PM

If you haven't read the Bible, you aren't fluent in English.

Posted by: Ibid at August 5, 2007 1:44 PM

If you don't know anything about the Bible you won't have a clue what's going on in Harry Potter...

Posted by: b at August 6, 2007 10:54 AM