http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/03/08 ... rss_latest
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Georgia is poised to introduce two literature classes on the Bible in public schools next year, a move analysts say would make the state the first to take an explicit stance endorsing -- and funding -- biblical teachings.
The Bible already is incorporated into some classes in Georgia and other states, but some critics say the board's move, which makes the Bible the classes' main text, treads into dangerous turf.
On a list of classes approved Thursday by the Georgia Board of Education are Literature and History of the Old Testament Era, and Literature and History of the New Testament Era. The classes, approved last year by the Legislature, will not be required, and the state's 180 school systems can decide for themselves whether to offer them.
"Bible literature" classes? Sounds like Sunday school to me. But I've got nothing against literature classes. But the question is, why don't we see Koran Literature classes, or Torah Literature classes, or Bhagavad Gita Literature Classes, or Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Literature classes?
Why should public schools endorse and embrace the teachings in the religious book that is the Bible?
Why should they teach the Bible alone?
The conservatives claim that the Bible will be taught "in an objective and nondevotional manner with no attempt made to indoctrinate students." What I want to know is how you can teach a religious text nondenominationally and in a secular manner the way the Constitution demands. How can there exist a class within public schools solely for the study of a single dogmatic and religious text and still claim secularism?
Now, the motives of those pushing this bill are far from obscure. It's clear that they are for the teaching of religion in schools. But that's not allowed, so they must settle for a substitute, a thinly veiled horse for Christianity, "Bible Study" classes in public schools. But why do these people require their religious doctrines to be taught in the public schools, for the Flying Spaghetti Monster's sake? Can't they keep their religion in religious school?
No matter which way you look at it, teaching the Bible in public schools is by no means secular, as dictated by our Constitution. Pastafarians must react and demand that they teach our holy book in their public schools. I mean, it's literature, it's a good book, it's as based in fact as the Bible, why not teach it too?