Bill Before Georgia Senate Would Bring the Bible into Classrooms

March 28, 2006

Source: Grand Forks Herald

On March 28, 2006 the Grand Forks Herald reported, "In the blur of politics and prayer, Georgia is poised to become the first state in the nation to put legislative muscle behind teaching the Bible in public schools - a move expected to recharge the debate between church and state separation. A bill that would sanction state-funded elective courses in Georgia public high schools goes before the state senate next week for final passage. While a few other states offer similar classes, none does so with a law that specifically authorizes courses on the Bible... The bill passed the Georgia House of Representatives on Monday with an overwhelming majority. Alabama is considering similar legislation. In Florida, incorporating the Bible as a resource within the context of English, history or art classes is at the discretion of local school boards... At issue is not whether the Bible should be part of the curriculum but the context in which it is taught. The bill requires the Georgia Board of Education to adopt curricula for two elective courses: History and Literature of the Old Testament Era and History and Literature of the New Testament Era. The Bible would be the core textbook. National civil liberties groups have successfully fought similar measures - including a Florida case eight years ago - and are monitoring the bill's passage and implementation."