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August 18, 2009


KLTV, TX - The school year is almost here, and if literature of the Bible is not already offered in your child's school, it will be this fall. Books are a common sight in classrooms around the nation, but the Bible is one book that is not. Come this fall, a Texas law says all public schools must offer information relating to the Bible in their curriculum. . . School officials said schools have not enforced the law because of confusion over the bill's wording and lack of state funding. For now, each school district must find a way to fill the requirement before the seats are filled with students.


Blogger Elderlady said...

Sam, it's no wonder at all, that Texas continues to say "Thank Goodness for Mississippi."

If not for Mississippi, Texas schools would be worse than 48th in the entire country.

They refuse to teach any history about Cesar Chavez, or Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall --- but they will have public school teachers instruct students on what is in their Bible.

Who needs to go to church anyway?

August 18, 2009 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And so it starts...

The fight over whose bible is going to be used. Then it'll be a fight over whose interpretation of that specific bible will be used. Then it'll be a fight over which denominations are on the School Boards that select the text to be used in each specific class. Then the ostracized catholics will demand their input in the bi-lingual textbooks for the predominantly catholic immigrants. Then lawsuits will be filed when companies like Black & Decker and Blue Devil are prohibited from shop classes, and Harry Potter and books containing word 'sex' are banned on 'religious grounds'. Homecoming bonfires will double as 'historic reenactment' Book-burnings of religiously unacceptable literature.

Then... one day...

Only after the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders are required to dress in "appropriate attire" that covered 98% of their bodies, and replace their heathen secular cheers with good clean christian psalms does one brave soul dare to nail a list of complaints to the Front Gate of the Cowboys Stadium.

Luckily, the list is found by a member of the American Inquisition and destroyed, the man gets tazed and arrested as a terrorist, convicted and tried by a good christian jury, and immediately executed to save his soul.

Just sayin'...

How do you envision this ending?

August 18, 2009 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no problem with this idea as long "The Bible" is treated on an equal footing with other early fictional literature like the Illiad, the Aeniad, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Poetic Edda, etc. Studied as the tool of religious, social, and political propaganda it has been for 2000 years, it could provide a valuable learning experience.

August 19, 2009 10:30 AM  

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