A Bill signed by Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, will bring the Bible front and centre in the state’s public schools. The Bill was considered controversial owing to the opposition of the secular American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). A ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday 27th June marked the signing of House Bill 128, effective from June 30. The bill “allows public schools to offer an elective social studies course on the Bible that teaches Biblical content, characters, poetry and narratives and their impact on today’s world,”according to a press release.
“It (the Bible) really did set the foundation that our founding fathers used to develop documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights,” said Rep. DJ Johnson (R-Owensboro), adding, “All of those came from principles from the Bible,” he added. Governor Bevin went on to question the lack of Biblical legislation in other states around the country. “The idea that we would not want this to be an option for people in school, that would be crazy. I don’t know why every state would not embrace this, why we as a nation, would not
embrace this,” Bevin told the crowd.
Not everyone is rejoicing with the signing of this Bill, however. ACLU of Kentucky Advocacy Director Kate Miller, said that “a Bible literacy Bill that, on its face, may not appear to be unconstitutional, could in fact become unconstitutional in its implementation.” Miller continued: “We want to make sure that teachers can teach and make sure that they don’t go in to preach.” Supporters of the Bill have countered that the state’s Department of Education will help schools develop the course. Rep. Johnson said that “as long as we’re careful with the curriculum itself, there won’t be any constitutional issues.” He added, “And we’ll do that. You could be an atheist, and you would appreciate there is a lot of wisdom in the Bible,” Governor Bevin proclaimed.
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Bible Study: Isaiah 52:6-7
NOVEMBER Praise God that Kentucky has pioneered this legislation despite opposition.
PRAY DEEPER for blessings upon Governor Bevin. Pray particularly for those in the State legislature charged with designing the curriculum, that it may prove very helpful. Pray too for many other US states to see the wisdom of this new Bill and implement similar ones.