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A peek between the pages of the Bible bill

You’d think lawmakers and the governor are tiring of controversy as they approach the end of this year’s legislative session. But in what is widely seen as a contentious move in secular society, Brewer signed a measure allowing schools to offer a high school course on the Bible’s influence on Western culture.
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Apr 20, 2012, 3:43 pm
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“A ‘teachable moment’ might be in the offing if HB 2563 ends up being something the politicians wanted more badly than Arizona students.”

Well of course it is, Ed. This – like so many other schools-related issues that arrive in the legislature – is about politics, not education. Study the Bible, don’t study Hispanic history, blah blah blah.

Most important, voters, pay attention to us, signaling our understanding of your conservative values, and our eagerness to take on the federal government and Constitution in order to remind you that we’re “your kind of people”.

Apr 28, 2012, 2:10 pm
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There is nothing wrong with reading or teaching the principles of the bible (or whatever book pertains to your religion) in your home.  However, to bring the bible into a public setting is WRONG, and here’s why:  We are all a part of this club called America, and we all have to pay our dues (taxes).  Those taxes go to fund public entities such as schools.  When you allow the bible into a classroom setting, you are undermining the public.  America’s big book of rules (the constitution) states that there is to be a separation of church and state, of religion and government.  A basic separation of “private” and “public”.  Personal religious views truly have no place in the public school setting.  Go to a private school if you must learn about the bible, or join a church group.  Public schools are for learning, not preaching and agenda pushing.

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