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Proposed bill would allow for Bible courses in Missouri Public schools

February 21, 2006
By: Amy Becker
State Capital Bureau

A proposed bill will allow for Bible study class in Missouri's public schools.

Amy Becker has more from the state capitol.

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The bill would allow public schools to offer classes that teach the Bible. The classes would be offered as electives and would not be requirement of students.

The bill's sponsor, Senator Jason Crowell from Cape Girardeau, says the courses are already protected by the Missouri Constitution.

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Contents: "The Bible is the most quoted text in the history of man kind and I don't think there's any problem in incorporating what are already existing constitutional protections into Missouri statutes."

U.S. law allows the Bible to be taught in schools only as an elective and as long as teachers teach about the Bible rather than teaching the text as scripture.

From Jeff City, I'm Amy Becker.

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A proposed bill will allow for Bible study class to be offered as a course subject in Missouri public schools.

Amy Becker reports from Jefferson City.

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The bill would allow for the Bible to be included as a course in certain subjects like history, literature, and comparitive religions.

Chairman of the Education Committee, Senator Gary Nodler, says excluding religion from history would be to leave out half of American history itself.

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Contents: "Basically if you took a strict adherance to denying religious information in a historical context, you would basically blind every student in the context of all history."

The bill would require the school board to approve the Bible courses before they can be taught. The bill would provide protection for the school board from lawsuits concerning the Bible courses.

From Jeff City, I'm Amy Becker.