TN permits Bible to be taught in school

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TN permits Bible to be taught in school
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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 3:19pm

http://www.examiner.com/x-33945-Nashville-Headlines-Examiner~y2010m1d29-Bible-curriculum-is-permitted-in-Tennessee-schools


Tennessee has joined several other states and determined how biblical principles can be incorporated into public school curriculum.


According to the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, Chief Justice, Warren Berger, notes, “the Constitution does not require complete separation of church and state. It mandates accommodation, not merely tolerance of all religions and forbids hostility toward any.” Although many individuals are under the assumption that permitting Bible teachings in public school environments breaks a law and goes against Constitutional rights, a complete severance of religious studies in public classrooms is not required.


Each school can elect how the new curriculum fits into its programs and teachings accordingly; however, the Tennessee Board of Education has an approved curriculum it will provide to schools to act as a guideline for how instructors are to teach the information. Prior to the Board’s decision, each school district in Tennessee was permitted to institute its own Bible courses. The new guidelines indicate that schools must use the pre-approved curriculum.


The new guidelines include which translations of the Bible can be taught as well as the instruction of religious history and literature of the text. The curriculum also covers the continued religious and social implications of the Bible’s messages and morals.
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While I have nothing against teaching what's in the Bible in Literature classes, I also have nothing against teaching what's in the rest of the books of all the major religions of the world.




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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 5:10pm

I don't really get why anyone would want their child's religious education to come in the watered down form they would get from public school, rather than what they would get at the church or other spiritual organization of their choice. But I suppose it's really about what you think everyone else's kids should be taught.

Anne

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Registered: 02-18-2006
Mon, 02-01-2010 - 8:37pm

I too suspect it's not in an effort to give their own children further biblical knowledge so much as it is an effort to cause other children whose parents may not wish them to study the bible religiously to have a cursory knowledge of it, in hopes it will cause them to investigate further.

Unlike homosexuality, one CAN become CHRISTIAN through exposure by authority figures and pressure from friends.

I will not send my daughter to any school in this state which teaches her one religion and not any others. We have enough of that problem in the rest of life in this state.




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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 3:03pm

***"I will not send my daughter to any school in this state which teaches her one religion and not any others."***

If that nonsense were tried here, when our daughter was still a minor and in public school, I would not permit it, either. Our schools have to have parent permission even for "sex ed" so they should damn well have permission required and a way for parents to op out of this thinly veiled evangelism crap.

I would love to see what happens if parents demanded classes on the Koran, on Buddhism and Hinduism, let alone Wicca or other Pagan faiths, to be included in these classes!!! ;)) Hey, we all know what would happen then, don't we?



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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 3:14pm
One need look no farther than the reaction when a private Islamic school applied for expansion in Virginia, to get a taste of the reaction that might happen if it was suggested the Koran should be taught in public schools.



http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122987391



For now, the controversy continues, as does the pressure on local politicians. Michael Frey is on the Board of Supervisors. He voted for the school's expansion and says he still gets criticized for it. One man approached him at his local supermarket on a Sunday morning. In an aggressive tone, he said he couldn't believe Frey could consider himself a conservative after voting the way he did.



"I said, 'I don't believe anybody who wants local government to be reading texts and making decisions on schools based on what they teach is a conservative,' " Frey replied. "To me, that is one of the biggest intrusions you could possibly imagine."



The State Department agrees. Conservative Christian groups that have lobbied for the school to be closed say that because it's funded by the Saudi government, the State Department should intervene. But the State Department says ISA is a private school, not a foreign mission, and it has no role in accrediting or managing the school.



Frey points out that two Christian schools also filed applications to expand last year in Fairfax County and no one questioned their textbooks.



"How do I know this Christian school isn't teaching hatred against non-Christians?" Frey asks. "I didn't read their texts, but if you want me to start to base land-use decisions on that terribly, terribly slippery slope."



Anne

I have no need for anger
With intimate strangers
And I got nothing to hide


- Amy Ray

I have no need for anger
With intimate strangers
And I got nothing to hide


- Amy Ray

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 3:38pm
Oh, yeah. So-called support for "freedom" is only for the "chosen few" not for everyone, doncha know? Arrrrgggghhh! <:=\\


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The Air shares its spirit with

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 4:31pm
If the course is elective, I might see a separation of church and state. OF COURSE other electives should highlight other religions.

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Fri, 02-05-2010 - 8:54am
Doncha know that the first amendment ONLY applies to Christianity ? All other religions are "second tier".