Great news indeed. Taking God out of the classroom is why we have so many problems today.
The Daily Wire is reporting:
“President Donald Trump threw enthusiastic support behind states looking to implement Bible literacy classes in public schools. Most taxpayer-funded schools offer general teachings on world religions including Christianity, but Biblical literacy classes would go much more in-depth.
“Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible,” the president wrote in a Monday morning tweet. “Starting to make a turn back? Great!”
Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
Trump’s tweet was posted after a “Fox & Friends” segment discussed Biblical literacy measures being introduced by six state legislatures. The proposals look to allow public school students be given the option to learn the about the Bible in historical context if they so choose to as an elective.
As noted by The Hill, Rep. Aaron McWilliams, a Republican legislator from North Dakota, was on the Fox morning show to discuss such a measure, which he is co-sponsoring.
“The Bible is an integral part of our society and deserves a place in the classroom,” Rep. McWilliams said.
Five other states – Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, and Florida – have considered such bills, notes The Hill.
In the same flavor, Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) signed a law which would allow public high schools in Kentucky to offer electives “on the literature of the Bible and Hebrew Scriptures,” reports USA Today.”
Though the measures look to explore the Bible historically, POLITICO notes that critics are concerned the classes “could blur the constitutional line separating church and state.”
“There’s a separation of church and state but there’s not a separation of books from education,” said McWilliams, responding to such criticism. The Republican added that the Supreme Court decided in 1963 that “it was okay to do a Bible reading in school as long as it’s from a historical and literal context. As long as we’re not teaching the faith in the school, we can go for it.”
Fox guest and NC state legislator defends a bill he co-sponsored to allow Bible classes in public school: “There’s a separation of church and state but there’s not a separation of books from education” pic.twitter.com/6IZ753B3hb
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 28, 2019
Some conservatives have already backed the notion of Biblical literacy in schools, emphasizing that understanding Biblical texts is fundamental in understanding the formation of our nation and its founders.
“Bible literacy is only ‘controversial’ because we live in such an aggressively stupid society,” said The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh. “Obviously kids in school should read the most influential and important book ever compiled. You can disbelieve every word in it and that doesn’t change its impact and importance.”
Bible literacy is only "controversial" because we live in such an aggressively stupid society. Obviously kids in school should read the most influential and important book ever compiled. You can disbelieve every word in it and that doesn't change its impact and importance. https://t.co/cERqG3E3aC
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) January 28, 2019
“Impossible to understand letters from the Founders or speeches of Lincoln without Biblical literacy,” The Federalist’s Inez Stepman noted. “Shockingly ignorant journalists (& tbh, Presidents who say ‘two Corinthians’) could use some Biblical literacy too.”
Impossible to understand letters from the Founders or speeches of Lincoln without Biblical literacy.
Shockingly ignorant journalists (& tbh, Presidents who say “two Corinthians”) could use some Biblical literacy too. https://t.co/CM65IMVoIj
— Inez Stepman (@InezFeltscher) January 28, 2019
“Amen,” said Epoch Times writer Adrian Norman. “We need more God, not less.”
We need more God, not less.
— Adrian Norman (@madriannorman) January 28, 2019
I was raised in a Christian household and attended my uncle’s Christian school from the 2nd to 8th grades. When I went to public schools after that, the difference was notable. Gangs, drugs, violence, and lack of respect for others was evident everywhere. Those public schools didn’t offer Bible education courses. Of course, there was no prayer in the schools, either. Biblical literacy courses is a good start. If we allow God back in the classroom, many of today’s youth wouldn’t find “socialism” & reliance on government to take care of them from cradle-to-grave so appealing. They’d learn there actually is a God who cares for them & who will help them get through any difficulty life throws at them.
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