A Texas legislator wants to require the state's nearly 1,700 public school districts to teach the Bible as a textbook, "not a worship document."
The House Public Education Committee was set late Tuesday to consider — but not vote on — a bill by Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, mandating high schools to offer history and literacy courses on the Old and New Testaments. The courses would be elective.
The idea of teaching the Bible in school seems to be undergoing a revival nationally. READ MORE
FNC wants to know — as long as teachers stick to the curriculum, is teaching religion a step in the right direction? And should public schools be the ones teaching the Bible? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think!
Here's What FOX Fans Are Saying:
“Our country was founded on Biblical principles, by Bible-believing men, so I think it's a shame that the word 'Bible' has become taboo in today's society. Historically, the Bible was the main (if not the ONLY) textbook in early American schools. The Bible is the oldest, most accurate, best-selling book of all time. Where else can you go to read stories of what was happening in our world 5,000-6,000 years ago? Now THAT's history I think every kid should have the opportunity to study!” — Carmen (Springfield, MO)
“I don't think that we should be teaching our children that our earth is 6,000 years old, or that donkeys can talk. How will teachers 'stick to the curriculum' and not teach it as a 'worship document' when some who will teach it actually believe that someone named Jonah spent three days in a whale?” — Dwane
“As a Pastor, I would be happy for students to read the Bible, but knowing the public school systems' anti-Christian stance, I think it would only pervert the scriptures. I think the best thing is for people to have the freedom to express their views in favor of Christ or not without fear of chastising or rebuke from the government. or the ACLU.” — Pastor Jon
“If you want to teach the Bible in schools, you cannot stop at the Bible. The Torah, the Qur'an, as well as the teachings of other religions must be taught as well. The Bible has a monopoly on ancient religions texts, and to ignore other beliefs discredits those faiths. The scope of this bill is far too narrow — not to mention unnecessary, as this is what church and Sunday School, not public school, are for.” — W. S.
“Yes, I would like to see the Bible taught in our state's schools. It holds a lot of history and has extremely valuable concepts.” — Michael
“Absolutely, we should teach the bible as a class. We teach other unproven theories with huge gaps as fact — why wouldn't we teach something that shaped our country and our values as Americans? Teaching the Bible in a academic sense can lead to children understanding history a bit more than they do, especially since some schools have gone to teaching selective history, like not teaching the Holocaust. The truth is that most of our founding fathers were religious, they created a country on the values and beliefs that are in that Bible. It seems hard to talk about Rome, without talking about Romulus and Remus. It seems just as hard to me to talk about the United States without taking about the bible.” — Sara (Casper, WY)
“The Bible has withstood the test of time as the most read, most widely accepted and most talked about book on the planet. Why would a society that prides itself on producing a nation of free and independent thinkers deprive students from a study of this widely respected historical text? The Bible is already respected worldwide as literature, while adhering to its principles as a fundamental spiritual belief is a separate issue. I say teach it! Teach it as literature in school, and allow parents and students to study it as religion on Sunday mornings.” — Rhoni (Marble Falls, TX)
“Which Bible? The Five Books of Moses? Mormon Bible? Koran? King James? Who's interpretation? Which words are accented? No ... the Bible, no matter which one, is a document of faith. A metaphysical story which has been the major basis of bigotry and man's inhumanity to man. Why would anyone want to exacerbate this? ” — Ross
“Teaching the Bible in school is a step in the right direction. It is the complete absence of true value filled books that has this country's youth heading in the wrong direction. ” — Cameron
“As a journalist, I usually do not make my opinions known to others, and just report the facts in each case. However, in regards to the Bible being put back in the public school system here in Texas, I will say I am very much for the idea. What could be worse? Everyone talks about diversity, religious freedoms, freedom of speech and such. We see our flag burned, we see war protesters, we see an artist placing a crucifix with Jesus Christ into a vat of urine and calling it art, and this alleged art work being sponsored by public tax dollars.” — Kenneth
“Not only should the Bible be in every classroom in America, but every school day should begin with the Lord's prayer.” — Roy (Alexandria, KY)
“What could be the harm in this? The course is an ELECTIVE, which if I'm not mistaken, gives kids the choice if they want to take the course. But the last thing we need is having activist teachers doing more harm than good. This is a great step in the right direction.” — Matt (Minnetonka, MN)
“The Bible is central in the history of the United States. To try and teach American History without it is like trying to teach geography without a map. Also, the Bible is a masterpiece of literature and I see no difference in teaching it as literature as one would teach any other great piece of literature in an English class. The Bible shaped the thinking of this great nation. Is that what we call proselytizing? How sad.” — Elizabeth
“I believe that religion should be taught in school so that at the very minimum our kids will have some under standing about wear they came from and wear they can go” — Rickey (LaPorte, TX)
“No, making it mandatory for students to learn the Bible in public schools is wrong. I say this because what happens when someone who is a Muslim, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon, or any other religion assumes an elected position and changes the law so their religion is taught in public schools. Then my children will be subject to learn a doctrine that I do not approve of. Religion must remain in the private sector, so individuals have to freedom to choose what religion they wish to participate in.” — Joshua
“Absolutely we should place the Bible in our schools. That is the only 'Book of Standards' that outlines both legal (Levitical Law) and ethical (Ten Commandments) standards in the Old Testament. Then the New Testament plainly sets out with the added Law of Love. There is no way students can have a clue without those teachings as to how a society should act.” — Jack (Graham, NC)
“Yes, it is a step in the right direction. As a parent of two sons, I would definitely want to see the values I try to teach at home also reinforced at school. We all know what happens when kids get to college: 'progressive' liberal instructors work to purge these values from the minds of our children.” — Scott (Wylie, TX)
“Teaching about religion should take the same format as a history course and I will not oppose it as long as all religions are included, including atheism. Let's keep in mind that Catholics are the majority, and having lived in Texas for a little over one year, I can smell a hidden agenda.” — Carlos (Katy, TX)
“I think Bible teaching should be offered as an elective in every school not just in Texas.” — Buddy (Decatur, AL)
“It is about time they start teaching the foundations this country was based upon. Most of the government and law was based on biblical values and at least as a history of our country the Bible should be taught. We teach evolution without scientific fact — at least the Bible is the most widely used and scientifically proven book out.” — Donald (Phoenix, AZ)