Kentucky governor signs bill permitting public schools to teach official Bible courses

An increasing number of schools are making the Quran a part of their curriculum — so why not the Bible?

That was a question asked by Kentucky lawmakers, who decided to make Bible study official in their public schools.

The bill permitting Bible study was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Matt Bevin, and the event began appropriately enough with a prayer, according to Louisville station WDRB.

Although students have lately been bringing home assignments on the Seven Pillars of Islam — which had nothing to do with the founding of the United States — anti-religious groups have targeted public schools that so much as breathe the Ten Commandments.

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House Bill 128’s sponsor found this odd given that America was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.

“It really did set the foundation that our founding fathers used to develop documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights,” Rep. D.J. Johnson , a Republican from Owensboro said, according to WDRB. “All of those came from principles from the Bible.”

The measure, which easily passed muster in both chambers of the Kentucky legislature, allows public schools to make Bible literacy an elective course within their district if they so choose.

“The idea that we would not want this to be an option for people in school, that would be crazy,” Bevin told the crowd at the signing ceremony. “I don’t know why every state would not embrace this, why we as a nation would not embrace this.”

The new law has already raised the hackles of Kentucky’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

“A Bible literacy bill that, on its face, may not appear to be unconstitutional, could in fact become unconstitutional in its implementation,” ACLU Advocacy Director Kate Miller told WDRB.

“We want to make sure that teachers can teach and make sure that they don’t go in to preach,” Miller said.

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Most of the response on social media was positive.

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The Bible literacy bill will take effect on Friday, June 30.


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