Elective Bible Course Attacked by Christians
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005
Posted: 12:32:52PM EST
Elective courses in public schools that teach the Bible and its historical implications came under attack yesterday in Texas. This time, however, the opposition came in the form of "far left" Christians who said the courses promote a fundamentalist view and violate religious freedom.
The Texas Freedom Network, which includes clergy of several faiths, complained that an elective Bible Course offered by the Greensboro, N.C-based National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools is full of errors.
“When taught with credible materials and from a nonsectarian perspective, such courses are an appropriate and even laudable way to help students learn about history and literature,” the group stated. “However… the country’s most aggressively marketed - and perhaps most widely used - Bible curriculum fails on both counts.”
The National Council on Bible Curriculum offers its elective course in high schools and junior highs by more than 300 school districts in 37 states.