Monday, 22 January 2018

Bill would add 'Bible literacy' class to Iowa public schools

A bill introduced at the Iowa Statehouse this week would establish a public school course centered on the Bible — sparking outcry from opponents who call it an "extreme piece of legislation."
If passed, Iowa would join a small but growing number of states with "Bible literacy" laws that allow or require public schools to offer such courses. 
Supporters say that studying the Bible for its historical and cultural influence is instrumental to understanding western civilization and the values on which America was built.
"Beyond its literary and cultural significance, which is significant, the Bible is also an essential thread of the American consciousness, and without it, American unity is unraveling," said Drew Zahn, spokesman for the Christian conservative organization The Family Leader, which is endorsing the legislation. 
House File 2031 would direct the state Department of Education to prepare material and teacher training for a high school elective course that focuses on the Hebrew Scriptures and the Bible's New Testament. It would be a social studies class.
"Basically, I want to give students the opportunity to study the Bible from the perspective of its impact on history and culture," said state Rep. Dean Fisher, R- Montour, who introduced the bill along with 11 other Republicans.
Iowa's current law does not prevent schools from teaching an elective class that studies the literature, history, or art of a particular religion, Iowa Department of Education spokeswoman Staci Hupp said.
Laws creating Bible study courses have passed in Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. In addition, West Virginia lawmakers recently proposed Bible literacy be offered as an elective in all public and private schools. 
Implementation has proven contentious. In Kentucky, for example, the ACLU is contesting courses created after a Bible literacy law passed last year.
There, the ACLU says that some classes are going too far in teaching the Bible as a devotional study instead of an academic one. It found examples of students assigned to memorize Bible verses and the use of videos promoting Christianity such as "God is Not Dead 2."
What remains unclear is how much support such a bill will garner here in Iowa.


  1. Extremist Fanatics ..... the "opponents" are Haters who want to deprive Children of basic knowledge of the world.

  2. The ACLU should be hanging around a street corner lamppost .....
    According to the ACLU, SPLC & ADL an organization is a "HATE GROUP" if it has
    "beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people".
    By their own definition the SPLC & ADL are HATE GROUPS.
    During the Trump "transition" following the 2016 election, following their usual modus operandi, the SPLC & ADL have been running around to the MSM giving hysterical, frightening, interviews about an IMAGINED "wave of Trump induced HATE CRIMES(TIHC)" The SPLC & ADL have been absolutely silent about the ACTUAL, RECORDED HATE CRIMES committed by Blacks on White Trump voters , or about how MOST of the CLAIMED TIHC are actually FALSE FLAG events staged by the supposed victims.
    The SPLC, ACLU & ADl are HATE GROUPS spewing venom and INSTIGATING VIOLENCE toward any White, CHRISTian Citizens that they can.
    Forty-Five Years of White Supremacy at the Southern Poverty Law Center Where the highly-paid executive staff has been all white for all 45 years of its existence. Apparently, no black leftists need apply for one of these plumb jobs at the Left’s preeminent hate group. The median family income in Montgomery, Alabama (where the SPLC is located) is about $44,500, so “these cats are living high on the hog.” It was also recently reported in The Weekly Standard that, according to their 2015 IRS 990 form, the SPLC’s total salary bill was around $20 million, but they only spent a measly $60,000 (in a year) or so on “law.” So these turkeys hate the South, do nothing about poverty, and rarely practice law. h/t Thomas DiLorenzo --honoring fraud
    worth a repeat
    In this classic episode on The Corbett Report from 2010, James peeks behind the facade of the Southern Poverty Law Center and find poverty pimping, race baiting and much, much worse.