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story.lead_photo.caption State Rep. Denny Altes reacts Tuesday after his bill aimed at authorizing a course of academic study of the Bible was recommended by the House Education Committee. - Photo by Steve Keesee

A legislative committee gave its OK on Tuesday to a bill to set in motion the development of standards for how to teach a class on the Bible in the public schools of Arkansas, which has a history of enacting laws to advance religious doctrines in public schools.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 03/09/2011

Print Headline: Schools can teach Bible, says House panel


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  • carmandan
    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 a.m.

    here we go again!! Our tax dollars at work..Is'nt it enough that there are two churches on every corner in this state?
    I would think that with all of the various biblical interpretations around that religious types would like to keep this in private . non-government hands.. but NOoooooo.. they want to join the church and state... again.. I seem to remember that our ancestors came here to ESCAPE such foolishness..Religious people will not stop untill they force their views on all.. Oh well.
    The statute (if passed) will be challenged in court and found unconstitutional and WE will be laughed at again and wasted millions of hard earned dollars.. on #$@%^&$.. Just another example of why Arkansas is stuck in the 1950's
    Might as well get the White Citizens Council active again..Idiots

  • LevitiCuss
    March 9, 2011 at 8:55 a.m.

    Only the ignorant would allow their children to be taught creationism in a science class, and I don't really see how it's possible to teach a Bible class without religion- particularly in AR. I wish the ACLU well on this one. Their lawyers will certainly appreciate the tax-payer's money that they will receive for spanking the state back into the 21st century.

  • oklag
    March 9, 2011 at 9:13 a.m.

    How can anyone say with a straight face "they won’t be teaching religion” and "the Bible is the oldest, most accurate history book on the face of the Earth" in the same breath?

  • lobotomygal
    March 9, 2011 at 9:31 a.m.

    Oh I totally agree. As though the economy isn't sucky enough, the legislature, in it's infinite wisdom, is electing to take us down the primrose litigation path again.
    Your tax dollars at work.
    It's not as though there aren't enough churches in Arkansas to teach religion to those who want to study the Bible. That's where it's appropriately taught. If they want to teach a class on the religions of the world that might be an interesting elective...including the study of the Koran, writings about Brahman, the Book of Mormon...
    You get the picture.

  • Morgancub
    March 9, 2011 at 10 a.m.

    This is worse than you may think !!! I'm thinking that the hiring of teachers will be selective in regards to their religion as well.. the school boards that opt to take on these electives should be voted out as soon as possible !!

    March 9, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.

    I think an elective religious studies class is a great idea IF it covers ALL of the worlds different religions in an objective and comprehensive manner. Knowledge is power and also the best defense against dogma. But teaching only Christianity , especially as practiced by Baptists, is a very slippery slope. One of our countries greatest strengths is it's foundation of religious tolerance and the separation of Church and State.
    This nation is already spending trillions of dollars and sacrificing tens of thousands of lives fighting religious zealots around the globe. Now our own zealots want to increase their numbers to insure the world never sees peace due to this ridiculous "My God can beat up your God" crap. All we need now is a Baptist Preacher for a President and we can truly bring about the Rapture. Can I get an Amen ?

  • fusgeyer
    March 9, 2011 at 12:54 p.m.

    I cannot see how a course on the Bible can be taught without it being taught from a religious perspective. Remember the term Public School? My tax dollars will be going to pay for this course, which I feel cannot be taught within the parameters of separation of church and state. It is bad enough that I pay taxes to the school system and do not use it, as I homeschool my kids. I homeschool for religious reasons--to keep my kids AWAY from the ultra conservative Christian dogma that gets pushed down the public school kids' throats. The Bible belongs in the church, religious schools and at home--it does not belong as a textbook in the public school system.

  • NickieD
    March 9, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.

    They can dance around the campfire and call feces chocolate but it is still trying to teach superstitiuous nonsense to children, the very worst part is our nat'l and state education system is so bad already, why waste more time teaching junk information to children?
    Is there a religious section on the Army entrance exam? Is there a religious class in the state university that offers some kind of useful degree?
    'bclem' amen to you brother! The Huckster is all we need to finish us as a 3rd world country!

  • NickieD
    March 9, 2011 at 1:27 p.m.

    Oh yeah, did anyone take a good look at Capt Denny Aluminauto? What a smug piece of religious trash he is! Looks somewhat inbred and dim to me! No wonder he supports religion in Public Schools... he figures they don't need no edumocation to vote!

  • FertileMind
    March 9, 2011 at 2:05 p.m.

    Michael Wickline and Sarah D. Wire you two and many just like you are so obsessed and so threatened and Christophobic about the Bible that you completely forget that it is a book of history. A book of history so often overlooked that it may just be the cornerstone that the builders of education have rejected. The Bible has so well preserved lists of Kings of ancient Persia, Babylong, Syria, Canaan, the Mediterranean area and how cultures lived, kept laws and died and fought. People like you are so abysmally ignorant that you are an embarassment to humanity. That isn't a personal attack its a fact. The Bible consists of accounts by intensly passionate people groups who wanted to preserve a legacy for all time unlike Liberal morons who want to keep everyone in the dark ages- barefoot, pregnant, ignorant drug addicts 100% dependant on government welfare. The bible represents freedom and that scares the sh*t out of you!