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    Texas School Board OKs Bible Class

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    "ODESSA, Texas The school board in Odessa, Texas (search), voted unanimously to add a Bible (search) class to its high school curriculum.

    Hundreds of people, most of them supporters of the proposal, packed the board meeting Tuesday night. More than 6,000 area residents had signed a petition supporting the class."

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    Are they going to offer an Islam/Judism/Buddhism class as well? Or is this more Christian centric preferential treatment?
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    My public high school we had to take a writing class and a literature class every year. We had a class called "The Bible as Literature." No one ever had a problem with it.
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    Bible as Literature I don't have much problem with. It is that weither you believe it/follow it or not.
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    "Bible as Literature" and "History of Religion", no problem.

    "Bible as History", problem.
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    Johnson said students in the elective class would learn such things as the geography of the Middle East and the influence of the Bible on history and culture.
    Being elective and it's influence on history seems to cover just about everything.

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    No problem, unless there's something there I'm not seeing...
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    hehe...to see something named as a "bible" class doesnt really tell you much...

    you have no idea "which" bible they are using and you have no idea if an Athiest will be teaching the class etc

    I doubt it is too much to get either excited or worried about
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    Agreed!


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    As long as there is an alternative credit for those who would wish not to participate in such a class. You can't just hand out an easy class credit to those that are already of the religious persuasion and not have something to offer the "I'd rather not" group of students.

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    I'm not surprised about this at all, seeing as our school also has an emo class.

    I'm tempted to join up for the class. On my first day in there I will tell everyone my problem

    "I have a problem of being annoyed by people who sit around in a circle in a darkly lit room crying on eachothers shoulders because their dog skippy died."

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    I have no problem seeing that it is an elective class.


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    Yep, it's an elective...no problems...and it's not like there aren't other easy A BS classes in high school anyways...we had a class called study skills where all we did was do homework for other classes (that was the curriculum for the class).

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    I don't know about you guys, but my history (social studies) courses covered some different cultures, which also encompassed their respective religions. I had no problem with it as I'm just learning what other cultures are like, not being told by a teacher to believe in something. Knowledge is power, and is fine just so long as no one is being converted or coerced to believe something other than their own religion.

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    IMO anything in a secular college class would be so watered down that it would be HARD to be offended, lol..and certainly it wouldnt be in any way coercive
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    I don't think the concern would be the official curriculum. The concern would be the gung-ho teacher that sees this as a chance to "preach" at school.
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    like I say though....probably the same dude would be teaching other stuff

    "Fundamentals of Wicca"

    "Satanism today"

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    If I were trying to destroy or corrupt a certain religion...one way would be to put one of MY guys teaching that other religion, hehe
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    And so what if he does preach at school? Normally I would agree with you, but this is an elective, and it's pretty much a given that the only people that will be in there will be christians anyways.

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    IMO, it being an elective doesn't change that I don't want to pay someone to preach. It is a fine line to walk by bringing the Bible into a class and keeping it from becoming church.
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    Quote Originally Posted by originel
    And so what if he does preach at school? Normally I would agree with you, but this is an elective, and it's pretty much a given that the only people that will be in there will be christians anyways.
    That isn't necessarily true. I am an atheist and I read the bible. Also, if the class was offered in my high school, I would have been sitting in the front row.

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