Courtesy of the Courier-Journal:
The Kentucky Board of Education unanimously approved standards Wednesday for the state’s controversial Bible literacy classes.
The classes were criticized this year by the American Civil Liberties Union as an unconstitutional promotion of Christianity and Sunday school-style “religious life lessons,” and the organization sent a letter to the state requesting that it develop clear guidance for teachers.
The classes were born out of a bill passed last year by the legislature creating state regulations for public high schools to offer elective literature courses on the Bible and Hebrew Scriptures. The bill reads that students will be given the opportunity to “explore the Bible’s relevance to contemporary society and culture.”
I know what you are thinking, “Oh come on Gryphen, a simple Bible literacy class does not mean they are trying to indoctrinate children into Christianity.”
In its January letter to the board, the ACLU of Kentucky said it obtained course material from some school districts and had found some classes were being taught as a devotional study, rather than literature.
In some cases, students were assigned to memorize Bible verses, it said. In other instances, students were asked “What are some promises in the Bible that God gives to everyone who believes in him?” or assigned to “do your best to develop close relationships with other Christians.”
Some worksheets and other material appeared to have come from Sunday school websites and in one county, students viewed religious videos promoting Christianity such as “God is Not Dead 2.”
If it looks like indoctrination and sounds like indoctrination, there’s a good chance that it IS indoctrination.
And here’s the thing.
If people were REALLY to teach a class about the Bible which contained information about the First Council of Nicaea, the number of mistranslations that pepper the modern bible, and talk about the times that the book contradicts itself, it might actually be an educational enterprise.
The same would hold true if the class contained honest comparisons between Christianity and other religions, as well as talked about their origin stories and how each liberally borrowed from all of the others.
But this is Kentucky, so I am guessing that doing any of the above would be considered just as blasphemous as telling you not to marry your own sister.