State Sen. Bill Cook’s support of the Bible bill is an affront to the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. It is clearly a political move. If you contend this bill is not political, then try on the idea of a bill that supports Koran study as an elective or better yet, a study of atheism in contemporary society. His constituents might object? I think so.
There is nothing wrong with Bible study, but there is everything wrong with the elected officials getting involved in the teaching of the Bible in public schools. The basic principle is separation of church and state and I believe elected officials should respect that separation.
If school officials feel a comparative study of religions is something of interest to students that is well and fine, but one aimed solely at the Christian Bible is clearly the insertion of one’s group faith into the public schools. The study of the Christian Bible should be left to Sunday school or the home.