While we were all celebrating Darwin Day last month, the Republican led Christian Crusaders launched a bold offensive in Georgia. All hope is not lost, but they appear to be on the verge of a crushing victory. The Georgia Board of Education has been infiltrated and subsequently passed legislation approving two Bible literature classes for all public schools.
While intelligence is scarce at this point, here’s what we’ve uncovered. The two classes are Literature and History of the Old Testament Era, and Literature and History of the New Testament Era. While the classes don’t appear to be mandatory, public funding will be used to support them. In addition, the Bible will be used as the sole textbook thus providing a nice unbiased learning experience. Intel also reports that Christianity is the only religion offered. Muhammed, Buddha, and all those funky Hindu Gods and Goddesses aren’t invited to the party.
Senate Majority Leader Tommie Williams, the Republican who sponsored the plan, said the Bible plays a major role in history and is important in understanding many classic literary works. He says it best:
“It’s not just ‘The Good Book,’” Williams said. “It’s a good book.”
Well Mr. Williams then I have one question to ask you. Will you sponsor legislation offering other “good books”? How about the Qur’an, the Tripitaka, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Tao-te-Ching, or the Guru Granth Sahib? Oh! You say you don’t even know what those books are? Well there’s another reason for you to add them to the curriculum.
Now I’ve made it clear in the past and I stand by it today. We need to teach religion to our children. It is an inescapable facet of life that has an enormous impact on our well-being as a society. But to teach just Christianity using the Bible as the sole source of information is foolhardy and shortsighted. To me it’s like teaching kids addition and leaving out subtraction. Yea I know that analogy stinks but you get the picture.
You can all thank deletedsoul for this one!
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