The purpose of Our Conscience weblog is to facilitate a greater discussion and understanding of church and state separation in our community and in others. Underlying this is the value that each individual should be allowed to follow the dictates of his or her own conscience without influence, coercion, or direction from the State when it comes to matters of religion.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Bible and Political Opportunism in Missouri

Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau) has sponsored a bill that would "allow public school districts to offer classes in which the Bible is taught" (SB 736).

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in their Brochure: "Prayer And The Public Schools: Religion, Education, and Your Rights" states the following about bible classes: "The high court has also made it clear, time and again, that objective study about religion in public schools is legal and appropriate." As long as the practice has a "legitimate educational purpose, not a devotional one."

I have just one question: If Bible classes are already constitutionally protected, what is the purpose for Crowell's bill?


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