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Bible classes: yes and no.

Should Bible classes be allowed in the public schools? "Yes" and "No." ("Constitutional Literacy: Why American Schools Don't Need Bible Classes," Editorial, May Church & State)

Bible-as-literature courses are allowed in many school districts. The aim of these courses is literature and not religion.

Having Bible classes that inculcate religion, however, is a no-no. Whose religious belief would be taught? Whose Bible would be used? The Hebrew Bible? The Catholic Douay Bible? The King James Bible? A "Revised" Bible?

Select any religion and/or Bible to be taught and there will be a "holy war" in that public school district. Taxpayers will object, and who could blame them!

As a retired New York City high school social studies teacher with over 30 years in the classroom, I taught about religion. I taught about Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism as the syllabus directed.

I did not put forward a "favorite" religion in the classroom. That was (and is) against New York state law. The wrath of the parents and supervisors would have come down on me like a ton of bricks. I would have lost my teaching position. Since I had bills to pay and three meals a day to eat, I was not stupid. My mother did not raise an idiot.

Religious schools are the perfect places for Bible classes that inculcate religion. Keep them out of the public schools.

--Louis A. Carrubba

Staten Island, N.Y.
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Carruba, Louis A.
Publication:Church & State
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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