Is it a good idea to teach the Bible in public schools? My answer is a resounding yes and here’s why: There is no question about the importance of the Bible and its influence in American history. Where — may I ask — did the founding fathers of this nation get their founding principles — especially the principle of individual liberty — from? From the “benevolent” king George III? From the mind of man? No, they got their inspiration as well as the founding principles from the Bible, thus, this book is indisputable in our nation’s founding and its history.
School children were even taught their ABCs from the Bible. That in itself is a “Bible study,” is it not? Senate Bill 138 is good for education because it allows schools to teach the Bible as history without being religious at all.
No legislative body is making a law here establishing an “official” state religion. The purpose of the “establishment clause” in the U.S. Constitution was to ensure that there would be no official state religion — that’s it.
The founding fathers had certainly enough of an official state religion with the Church of England. Furthermore, it was never the intention of our founding fathers to exclude God from the workings of government. As a matter of fact, church services were even held in federal government buildings. For example, Patrick Henry’s famous “give me liberty” speech was given in a church. You can teach that in schools because it’s a historical fact.
Clearly I see battle lines being drawn here. The war is over the input in the hearts and minds of our children — thus our future. To me, it is a contest of believing the truth of our nation’s founding principles and prosperity or believing a bunch of hogwash that a lot of what modern history revisionists are conjuring up. It is not the light that fears the darkness. It is the other way around.
RAY CLARKE SR.