Teaching the Bible in Public Schools Is a Bad Idea—For Christians

Priscilla Gammon reads along in her Bible during a weekly Bible study meeting at the West Unity Methodist Church in Unity

Priscilla Gammon reads along in her Bible during a weekly Bible study meeting at the West Unity Methodist Church in Unity, New Hampshire July 5, 2011. New Hampshire was ranked the second least religious U.S. state overall in a 2009 Gallup survey, but for thousands of Granite State residents faith is an important part of daily life. Parishioners at the West Unity Community United Methodist Church meet weekly for a Bible study group infused with good humor, companionship, and coffee and donuts. Voters in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary will be the first to cast ballots in the upcoming U.S. Presidential race. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS RELIGION SOCIETY) – GM1E7760YQD01

Source: The Atlantic

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Shortly after Fox & Friends aired a segment about proposed legislation to incorporate Bible classes into public schools on Monday morning, President Donald Trump cheered these efforts on Twitter. “Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!” Trump wrote.

The segment followed a USA Today report on January 23 that conservative Christian lawmakers in at least six states have proposed legislation that would “require or encourage public schools to offer elective classes on the Bible’s literary and historical significance.” These kinds of proposals are supported by some prominent evangelicals, including Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, the Texas mega-church pastor John Hagee, and even the actor Chuck Norris. They argue that such laws are justified by the Bible’s undeniable influence on U.S. history and Western civilization.

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