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School District Adds Bible Class

Discussion in '2006 Archive' started by carpro, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=2CEAD2A7-2AC8-4056-8551-E048F9EECDBC

    Bible Study Coming to New Braunfels ISD
    One public school district voted Monday night to begin offering a new bible class as part of its curriculum.

    The elective course is called "The Bible and its Influence." Board members voted six to one to approve the new class.

    "The Bible is a fundamental document," says Rosalyn Bratcher with the New Braunfels ISD. "It has had a great influence in terms of politics, art, music, literature."

    The district says this course does not violate the First Amendment.

    "What makes it compliant is that we are teaching the Bible as a textbook and a document," adds Bratcher.

    Northeast ISD already offers a bible course at two of its high schools, also as an elective.

    New Braunfels ISD surveyed their students and about half of the students say they are interested in taking the course.

    Parents we spoke to about the issue are split on the idea.

    "If you're going to have to pass this class or take this class as part of a grade or any kind of credit towards your high school diploma, I'm totally against it," says Christy Oliphant.

    Keith says, "I think we need to learn more about our creator."

    Now that the class has been approved by the New Braunfels school board, it will be offered to Juniors and Seniors in the fall.
     
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    Interesting, the things that make the news. Several high schools in my area (the OC) have bible-themed classes to one extent or another in high school. One of my daughters took a "bible as philospohy" class, and my other daughter took a "bible as literature" class.
     
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    This especially piqued my interest when I saw it was in New Braunfels. I worked there about 25 years ago. What a beautiful, nice, and friendly town.

    Actually, I'm not terribly comfortable, though I don't think it violates the Establishment Clause. Putting the shoe on the other foot, I would not want my son having to take a class on the Koran. I do note that it is an elective, though.
     
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    I agree, ftr. Having a class that teaches the philosophical principles of a religion is one thing, but I am not comfortable with a school system teaching a religion per se. That should be the job of parents, imo.

    I certainly don't want the school system teaching Christianity, even if what they teach agrees with me 100%. It still has the effect of taking that out of my hands and putting it into theirs.
     
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    No one has to take it. In fact, if not enough do, Im sure the class will be canceled.
     
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