I have some concerns about the new state law allowing biblical literacy electives in the public schools.
Who will get to decide what goes into the curriculum? Will teachers need to be ordained? Who will take the lead in deciding which parts of the Bible are the most important? Will it be the “hellfire and brimstone” evangelical holiness preachers? Will it be the “once saved, always saved” Baptists? Will it be Catholics? Or maybe the more reserved Presbyterians and Methodists? There are so many to choose from. I’ve never met a Lutheran, but I believe there are surely some in Kentucky somewhere. Will they feel left out? And what about the Latter-day Saints? Will they get to include The Book of Mormon?
There are so many versions of the Bible and so many interpretations. I’m already confused. What about the churches? What if people get all the biblical education they need at school? Will church attendance decline? Schools will become like Walmart, a one-stop shop for reading, writing, arithmetic and religion.
There will be no need to go to church anymore. All the mom and pop churches will start to close their doors. To whom will people give 10 percent of their income? Who will help the homeless? This could be bad for America.
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