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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

You Know, Even When They Have The Chance To Placate Us

They can't. Fringe Republicans have the chance to teach the Bible in a constructive, academic manner and what do they do? They throw the academic textbook out the window:

A West Texas school board approved a curriculum that uses the Bible as its main textbook for an elective course Tuesday, a decision opponents fear invites proselytizing and spurns non-Protestant students.

Saying it had overwhelming support from the community, the Ector County Independent School District board voted 4-2 in favor of adopting the more conservative curriculum offered by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools.

The National Council curriculum uses the King James Bible as its textbook. The other choice before the school board, offered by the Bible Literacy Project, uses the text "The Bible and Its Influence" and includes broader discussions of other faiths.

I like the idea of taking a book as historically significant as the Bible and teaching about its creation, evolution, and impact on society in high school. But how much you wanna bet the very first week in we get someone railing on evolution and extolling the virtues of creationism? Not to say that if they had chosen the academic text they wouldn't have also. But at the very least it would've had the veneer of objectivity. And the opportunity to do something as radical as learn about the Bible and its interactions with other faiths.