Bible Class

The Arizona Republic reports that our esteemed Gov, Jan Brewer, has signed a bill allowing an elective course titled “The Bible and Its Influence on Western Culture.”

According to Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, the “course must address the influence of the Old and the New Testaments on laws, history, government, literature, art, music, customs, morals, values and culture.”

Here we go. What’s next?


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One Response to Bible Class

  1. Doc says:

    This really chaps my behind. Another outrageous intrusion by government into curriculum, which ought to be decided by those who know something about education–ie teachers. The state has effectively censored instruction in ethnic studies, which as far as I can determine, was offered as an elective at one high school in Tucson. But now the kiddies can learn all they want about a four-thousand-year-old collection of stories and essays that has been translated out of Hebrew into Greek into Latin into English (several times). Do high schools teach courses in any other old tradition? In classical philosophy perhaps, which has, arguably, been equally if not more influential on Western culture than the bible? No. Confucianism? No. Buddhism? No. Native American religious beliefs, some of which are at least as old as those in the bible? No.

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