President Donald Trump thinks it is “great” that the option of Bible classes is returning to public schools.
“Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!” the president tweeted Monday.
In six states across the nation, bills to allow the Bible to be taught in the classroom, not as theology but on “Bible literacy” and historical grounds, are being considered.
In an interview on Fox and Friends Monday morning, North Dakota state representative Aaron McWilliams explained that the bill is important because it permits students to study what provided the foundation for American society, including how it informed the Constitutional Congress.
Yet groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State are opposing the measures, asserting that they are part of a scheme to impose Christianity on public school students.
While separation of church and state is important, McWilliams said, it is impossible to separate books from education, citing a 1963 Supreme court case in which the high court ruled that it was permissible to do Bible-reading in school provided that it was done from historical and literary context.
“As long as we’re not teaching faith in the school, we can go for it,” he said, noting that the proposed Bible literacy class is not compulsory, but an elective.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter