If you need a good reason to oppose teaching the Bible in Oklahoma schools, here it is:
“People have had their children or their family members move through the educational process, only to find that there are ambiguities in the way this information is presented,” Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, said. “This bill allows schools to represent our American heritage from a Christian, biblical perspective without fear of retribution, and I think they should be able to do so. It wasn’t Hinduism or Buddhism that motivated the move to these shores. It was Christianity and the desire to worship freely. At the same time, we don’t want this to be an ‘in your face’ thing about Christianity.”
Greg Horton used this quote in his Oklahoma Gazette article (“Bible school,” March 24, 2010) regarding the House and Senate versions of a bill to include Bible teaching in public schools.
Allowing only the Christian version to be taught seems like “in your face” Christianity at its worst. It just protects the backside of any teacher who teaches your child whatever they were taught as a child in Sunday School.
Rep. Ed Cannaday, D-Porum, added an amendment to change the word “Bible” to “Christian Bible” because one of his superintendents thought that it might harm a student who has been taught the Bible is the word of God.
Cannaday googled “Bible” and discovered some people believe books like the Torah and the Book of Mormon are also Bibles. He seems to be oblivious to the fact that the Torah is the first five books of what he calls the “Christian Bible.”
Russ says his bill provides for the teaching of the Bible as literature, but won’t prevent it from being taught as history or as the source of American morals and values.
America was founded by people trying to escape state religions and most of those religions were forms of Christianity. Within two centuries, they had gone from complete freedom to biblically justifying slavery as a Christian value and biblically justifying burning women at the stake on the word of teenage girls.
Very soon, if things continue in this way, we will be like the old Ireland, fighting over which version of Christianity is the most Christian.