Lawmakers in several states are pushing legislation aimed at making Bible literacy classes available in public schools, and President Donald Trump couldn’t be more pleased.
Following a “Fox and Friends” discussion of the issue Monday, the president tweeted, “Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!”
So far, legislative proposals in at least six states – Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia – would encourage schools to offer elective classes on the Bible and its historical significance.
And the American Civil Liberties Union notes that just last year, Bible literacy bills were also considered in Alabama, Iowa, and West Virginia. Those measures, however, were not passed.
“The Bible is an integral part of our society and deserves a place in the classroom,” said state Rep. Aaron McWilliams (R-ND) who is a co-sponsoring a bill that would require North Dakota public high schools to offer such courses.
This push for Bible literacy comes as a result of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation’s Project Blitz, a faith-based initiative coordinated by several Christian groups. The goal of the initiative is to “protect the free exercise of traditional Judeo-Christian religious values and beliefs in the public square, and to reclaim and properly define the narrative which supports such beliefs.”
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