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March 07, 2005

CAUTION: Veteran armed with the Constitution

From AgapePress:

A California school board has rejected a popular elective Bible course being offered in public schools across the United States.

Korean War veteran Glenn Stankis and some local pastors in Paradise, California, recently requested that Paradise High School adopt the nationally known elective "The Bible in History and Literature." But the Paradise Unified School District Board unanimously said no to the course from the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools.

Stankis feels the popular Bible course offers students important information and insight on a document that has had major influence on American culture and history. He points out that similar Bible-related courses have been offered for credit by dozens of other high schools around the Golden State.

However, the Paradise resident says he encountered problems, including resistance from school superintendent Steve Jennings. "Early on he declared that a Bible course was not suitable for the school classroom," Stankis says. But the opposition did not end there, he notes, adding, "Second was the teacher's union coming out against this. And I guess the most decisive action was when the editorial board of the local newspaper came out and supported the superintendent."

Okay, next question: If government schools teach crap like Catcher in the Rye as “literature” why do they fear the Bible also being taught as literature?

(I started to read Catcher in the Rye, got halfway through the first chapter and recognized trash when I smelled it, and tossed it. I appreciate good literature, which is why I built and run the site BytheFirePlace.com, which currently contains almost 1600 books and 1193 short stories, but trash is trash.)

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 7, 2005 09:31 AM

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