School Won't Have Bible as Literature Class

January 9, 2007

Author: Dan Meisler

Source: Daily Press & Argus

The Howell Public Schools Board of Education opted against approving an elective class on the Bible as literature on Monday, but the debate at the board meeting would make a good lesson plan on comparative views of religion and education.

People from the statewide chapters of the groups American Atheists, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the American Family Association gave their thoughts on whether the Bible has a place in public schools, as did several parents of students in the Howell schools.

Most of the opinions were in favor of the class, despite objections that it violates the separation between church and state.

But when school board member Wendy Day made a motion to approve the curriculum, it died because none of the other six board members would second it, which is needed before a vote can be taken.

Earlier Monday, the Howell Public Schools district announced that the curriculum had been reviewed and rejected by the K12 Social Studies Curriculum Committee.

When asked about her motion dying, Day said, "That's OK, I expected it."