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Teaching the Bible in public school

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13 Mar 2016 10:31 #296182 by 7643664
Kentucky lawmakers are looking to pass a bill that would allow the Bible to be taught as an ELECTIVE in high school. Do you think this is constitutional? Do you think other religious books, like the Torah and Koran should be taught as well? Do you think this is indoctrinating students?

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13 Mar 2016 10:55 #296187 by raisa
Why not teach the bible in church? Why are these people so needy and dramatic with their religion?

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13 Mar 2016 11:35 #296196 by ketchim
They are scared of losing the kids  !

Parents not doing well with it.

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13 Mar 2016 13:05 #296215 by Charlie_R
This brings to mind that old quote from the CEO of McDonald's about marketing to kids. I paraphrase but it was like if you get to them before age 5 they are customers for life. Similar aim here I'm sure. Teach religion, not one specific one. Better yet, have a class on critical thinking. Evolve!

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13 Mar 2016 14:26 #296235 by rz3300
Well this is just the classic debate of separation of church and state.  It really varies wherever you go, and even when it is legislated out it seems to make its way in somehow, and I think that it is just a part of modern life.  I think that it just makes sense to separate the two though, but that is just my opinion.  It does take me back to the good old Constitutional Law days in college, those were some wild times.

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13 Mar 2016 14:35 #296240 by ketchim
Here in Ontario shools are licensed to operate on a Religious basis.

Muslim school can offer accredited High school diplomas

Catholic schools are separately funded.

The only thing never got off the ground is Black schools

www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/20..._open_this_fall.html

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13 Mar 2016 23:45 #296258 by Scooby Snack

Kentucky lawmakers are looking to pass a bill that would allow the Bible to be taught as an ELECTIVE in high school. Do you think this is constitutional? Do you think other religious books, like the Torah and Koran should be taught as well? Do you think this is indoctrinating students?


If it's a course that explores the history of the Bible, or any other religious documents/books, then that would be an interesting elective, from an academic standpoint. However, I doubt that a school in a place like Kentucky is even thinking on that level, and my guess is that this is all about spreading Christianity, which I am against.

HOWEVER. I DO think that, if it is offered as an elective, that is an interesting compromise. As far as the constitutionality of the matter, I'll leave it to others to discern. I'm not sure.

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14 Mar 2016 09:47 #296287 by Nargis
i went to catholic school - along with MANY other muslims students.


they never forced us to pray their prayers but just asked that we would attend mass when they had it 2x a year in the school cafeteria.  we were lucky that we had a school chaplain that didnt preach "jesus" specifically and kept the sermons very open so that all the students could take ssomething from it.


we had a religion class that we had to take every year. it explored the history of the bible (old and new). it highlighted world religions where we had the most assignments due. it discussed controversial topics such as the divinity of Christ - it true or not?


We had prayer every morning - the Lords prayer and that was it.


no indoctrination.  it was great.

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14 Mar 2016 10:12 #296300 by ketchim
I got suspended from IETC for refusing to recite the Lord's Prayer.

Mrs.Singh (kyla friend) marched me to the office :refused to clasp hands and close eyes

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14 Mar 2016 12:34 #296362 by briannagodess
Hmmm... My husband went to a Catholic school. They were taught prayers, praying the rosary, reading the bible and even have masses during the first Friday of every month. Anyway, up to now, he still has all those prayers memorised.

On the other hand, my school wasn't so strict with that. We did have a few masses but they weren't too strict with prayers or reading the bible.

So as far as teaching the bible in public school, I won't have a problem with that. But you know what, I would have loved if other religion's teachings or history are also taught. That could have enlightened me more about them.

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14 Mar 2016 12:37 #296363 by ketchim

HOWEVER. I DO think that, if it is offered as an elective, that is an interesting compromise. As far as the constitutionality of the matter, I'll leave it to others to discern. I'm not sure.


The Constitution is bible based.

Electives are not offered in grade schools.

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16 Mar 2016 09:37 #296645 by north93
As for public schools, yes. It should be elective.

Because the state and the church is already separated.

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16 Mar 2016 15:30 #296783 by ketchim
Separation of Church and State has its own problems.

Legislating Homosexual and Lesbian unions, for example.

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