Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Georgia Bible School

This one is a difficult one for me, because I love religious literature. The Bhagavad Gita, the Bible, the Koran, the Dhammapada, and the Tao de Ching are all excellent reads.

So when Georgia passed state funding for a class on the Bible as literature, one part of me says, why not? And the other -- the cynical, well-informed part -- knows that these kinds of things are often Trojan horses for evangelicals.

I agree with this sentimenet:

While the bill specifies that the courses must be taught in an “objective and nondevotional” manner, the exclusion of other religious books makes it objectionable, Maggie Garrett, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, has said.

If Georgia really wants to teach religion as literature, why not include otehr religions?

(Via Governing magazine.)


Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

I read the Bible as literature in a public high school-- twice. One was a chance for the teacher to evangelize-- the other was the way it should be done, thought-provoking and non-sectarian.

But I share your love of all religious literature, and wish it would be taught as well. Of course, I am sure that the excuse will be that teachers are not as familiar with these works. But I am suspicious that the real reason has to do with injecting Christian content into our schools as a precedent, as you fear.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous leslies said...

There will be a lot of money spent on these courses and there will be a handful of students taken part.
Not a great use of the tax payer dollar when there are other courses needed by our high school students to prepare them for college and other endevors. Those courses would have a greater enrollment and a greater return on the tax dollar.

6:08 PM  

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