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“The Bible and its influence on Western Culture,” To Be Taught In Public Schools In Arizona as an ‘Elective Class’

By Ashley PowersFebruary 22, 2012, 2:23 p.m.
The Arizona Legislature has never been shy about weighing in on hot-button issues. (Exhibit A: SB 1070, the state’s illegal immigration law.) The latest such move: a vote to allow public and charter schools to teach students about the Bible.
This is only the latest debate to roil Arizona classrooms. The Tucson Unified School District sparred in recent months with state officials over the district’s Mexican American studies program.
Supporters said it shed light on Chicano contributions to history and literature. But the state superintendent of public instruction, John Huppenthal, ruled that it violated a law banning divisive ethnic studies curricula. Although the district suspended the program, the legal battle over it continues.


An Arizona bill that creates a high school course for public and charter school students that teaches the Bible and its role in Western culture is headed to the Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk for approval.
The state Senate approved House Bill 2563 Thursday with a vote of 21-9. It was approved by the House in February.
Under the proposal, the state Board of Education must design a high school elective course titled “The Bible and its influence on Western Culture,” which would include lessons on the history, literature and influence of the Old and New testaments on laws, government and culture, among other aspects of society.
The course must follow state and federal laws in maintaining religious neutrality, and credits from the course would count toward student graduation. Students are also not to be required to use a specific version of the Bible. Republican state Rep. Terri Proud, who sponsored the bill, said the proposals are written in a way that make it clear that teachers can teach the Bible “in a very restricted way.” more

Why are the virtues of Islam being taught in public schools in the US with separation of church and state?

My sister told me that her son came home the other day and said, “Mom, I want to be a Muslim”. She found out that in his social studies class they are studying about other 10 and 11 year old children around the world. They have studied a boy from South Africa and a girl from Norway so far. Then they started studying about Jassim a boy from Pakistan. In the study of Jassim the text mentions that “Jassim is a Muslim and he practices Islam which teaches about love and peace …” . It goes on to extol Islam encompassing 2 pages in his textbook. My sister said nothing was said about the religions of the other children studied and that at their high school where their other son goes that prayer before football games had to be stopped because of the separation of church and state. It seems to me that praising Islam in the public school classroom is also a violation of church and state because in the past texts praising Judaism and Christianity were banned for violating church and state separation laws. Why is Islam being allowed to be praIsed in the public schools. My sister is trying to bring her son up in a Christian home, yet he is being taught that Islam is the way to be and she is now thinking about home schooling him because she believes things like this are wrong.

Texas Georgia Tennessee State Public Schools Bible Studies Course Electives Biblical Historical Analysis Bible’s Role in Western History Civilization Cultural Development Evolution High School Term Papers Reports Topics New Ideas Subjects for Public School Classroom Talk Discussions Debate Analysis Accuracy of Biblical Genesis History Comparing Debating Creationism vs. Darwinian Evolution Models

The public high schools in Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee, are teaching elective courses including the bible, analyzing its major role in the development of western civilization (and history in general), how the bible has influenced art, literature, music, and politics through the centuries, studying the text of the bible to know the context and history of the passages in the holy book, learning the scriptures which have influenced so many authors, architects, politicians, and musicians, undeniably the most influential book in the history of the world, and so, certainly worthy of study. MORE


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