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