Bible classes: yes and no.
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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|Author:||Carruba, Louis A.|
|Publication:||Church & State|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2007|
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