Legislatures in several states are making a push to allow public schools to offer Bible classes, and it would appear is behind the idea one hundred percent.
Six state legislatures across the nation, that are currently Republican controlled and Christian lawmakers, are pushing for new legislation that would give public schools the choice whether or not to offer elective classes based on the Old and New Testaments.
Monday morning, after Fox and Friends ran a segment on the proposed legislation, President Trump took to Twitter to provide his support: “Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!”
Trump Throws His Support Behind Legislatures Pushing For Bible Classes—ACLU Up In Arms
The push is being executed by conservative legislators in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia. The initiative is definitely stirring up a great deal of controversy, as major critics of the endeavor, including the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), are spouting the First Amendment in order to shoot the initiative down. In a nutshell, the ACLU feels that if ELECTIVE Bible classes are taught in public schools, it would jeopardize the law of separation of church and state.
Three states, Alabama, Iowa, and West Virginia had also considered similar Bible literacy bills, but according to Fox News report, they were all subsequently voted down. However, Kentucky is the standout, as Republican Governor Matt Bevin, in 2017, signed into the state's legislation a law allowing public school attendees the choice to attend classes based in the Bible and Hebrew scriptures. A short year later, in January 2018, the Kentucky ACLU presented an Open Records Act investigation to the Kentucky Board of Education that stated that the courses offered violated the pre-set constitutional requirements. Basically, the investigation outlined that any religion based texts used in Kentucky classrooms had to be secular, objective, and not permitted to express or promote any specific religious view. The ACLU reinforced their stance that stated: “Religious education is best left to parents and churches, not school or government.”
To its credit, in June of 2018, the Kentucky Board of Educations officially approved a set of standards for their school systems and classes. However, the ACLU still finds it worrisome about what exactly is being taught in those state-sanctioned Bible courses.
Many of those who are in favor of elective Bible courses being taught in the school systems were strong supporters in President Trump's election. He shares the same ideas and goals with his many conservatives and appears to have thrown a hat of support into this new and developing arena.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide
Is the ACLU right—should there continue to remain a separation of church and state?