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WILL STUDENTS LEARNING ABOUT THE BIBLE GET GRADES WHEN TEACHERS ARE NOT MINISTERS

WILL STUDENTS LEARNING ABOUT THE BIBLE GET GRADES WHEN TEACHERS ARE NOT MINISTERS

President Trump appeared to endorse efforts by legislators in several states to allow public schools to offer Bible classes. Students can bring a Bible to read. Teachers can't. In church-state separation in public schools, there is a distinction between students and teachers. The decision by the Supreme Court – in a series of three decisions back in 1962 and 1963 – to remove Bible and prayer from our public schools, is why teachers can't teach the Bible unless it is as literature. Students come from all different backgrounds — Protestants of every denomination, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists, while others profess no religious affiliation or belief at all. So, what is there to accomplish that a science or history book cannot. Teaching the Bible is simply a subliminal message introducing Jesus as history. But teaching religion as history is more foundational than Biblical history. The litmus test for any teacher to teach religion is, is the Bible or Koran the inspired word of God. This is the way to see what practice will come forward, proselytizing, ignorance or bigotry. When the Bible is introduced to the school the government has called teachers to be ministers giving spiritual care to a group of believers, in this case students. In a state like Maryland where schools honors Jewish holidays how would God be identified and what name would be used, Jehovah or Jesus.