The Kentucky Senate Education Committee voted unanimously to put the Bible in schools:
The proposal would allow schools the option to offer Bible classes as a social studies credit, according to the Associated Press.
Democratic Sen. David Boswell, the chief sponsor of the bill, said the Bible lessons would be based on literature, art, cultural, and social aspects, and therefore the classes would be constitutionally sound.
I absolutely agree that the Bible can be used appropriately as a historical, cultural, and literary text in schools, and the Constitution agrees.
But such a law leaves the doors wide open for abuse by teachers who don't care all too much about the religious autonomy of their students. As that study last year that focused on what actually gets taught in abstinence-only education found out, when such a controversial issue so close to right-wingers hearts gets legitimized by the state and put in schools, some teachers won't think twice about how to construct a curriculum that respects the various backgrounds students are coming from. Instead, the rightwinger lightbulb goes off in their head and they say "Now I can finally teach the Truth!"
Considering the very next quotation in the above-linked article, it's fairly obvious that not even all the senators are backing the Bible as a sociological text:
Sen. Julian Carroll told the members of the committee that passing the measure was the moral thing to do.
"We took the Bible out of our schools, but we put nothing back," Carroll said. "When we took the Bible out of the schools, we also unfortunately took out that portion of the Bible which relates to life skills, which relates to value systems. And so our students these days do not have the full opportunity, in my judgment, to be taught those life skills and value judgments that keep them out of our penitentiaries ..."
Makes sense. It's not like a Christian ever broke the law.
This comes after the Texas Board of Education decided to rewrite history:
McLeroy moved that Margaret Sanger, the birth-control pioneer, be included because she "and her followers promoted eugenics," that language be inserted about Ronald Reagan's "leadership in restoring national confidence" following Jimmy Carter's presidency and that students be instructed to "describe the causes and key organizations and individuals of the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association." The injection of partisan politics into education went so far that at one point another Republican board member burst out in seemingly embarrassed exasperation, "Guys, you're rewriting history now!" Nevertheless, most of McLeroy's proposed amendments passed by a show of hands.
Finally, the board considered an amendment to require students to evaluate the contributions of significant Americans. The names proposed included Thurgood Marshall, Billy Graham, Newt Gingrich, William F. Buckley Jr., Hillary Rodham Clinton and Edward Kennedy. All passed muster except Kennedy, who was voted down.
The right's far ahead of the left when it comes to education. Remember, these are the folks who don't want the majority of America to be education, doesn't want the majority of America to have the skills needed to critically evaluate their own political and economic position in society, thinks history and reality itself should be rewritten with a conservative bias, and who believe that common, small-t truth is less important than Godly, big-T Truth.
Does anyone trust them to teach the Bible in schools in a way that's fair and objective, let alone comparative and in context? Well, no, and they're making it clear that's not even their intent. I foresee ACLU lawsuits should this pass the full legislature.