Tuesday, February 23, 2010

a Bible course in KY schools?

From the C-J editorialists...

Plenty of serious concerns already existed about Sen. David Boswell's bill to teach the Bible as an elective course in public schools...Briefly, the measure (SB 142) sets up guidelines on how to teach a class on the Bible and its many influences throughout the arts, history, cultures and mores. It also contains language that establishes the course must follow state and federal laws about religious neutrality. On its face, that sounds reasonable. But the rub on religion is that the discussion surrounding it very often turns unreasonable — and intolerant.

Seems to border on paranoid so far, but overall, reasonably balanced...

There was so much wrong with what the lawmakers said, and how they reacted to its passage, that it almost served as a blueprint to why religion correctly belongs in houses of worship and not the public school classroom...

From there, they provide some troubling examples.

The mere fact that the proposed class only includes the Bible, and not the literary teachings of other holy books and religions, smacks of exclusivity and of promotion of one set of religious beliefs, and that is offensive to individuals of other religions (or no religion) and to the notion of a pluralistic society. Whether the course offered is an elective or not is immaterial.

Hmmm..."smacks of", maybe. But a lot of worry about pluralism? No. The C-J's version of pluralism seems to be we don't talk about such things-- at least if it's the majority view. And of course it matters whether it's an elective or not!

All this said, the larger issues to me are...

As an economist, why don't we allow choice in schools. Then we avoid the tyranny of the majority, the tyranny of the minority, and most relevant, the tyranny of the monopoly?

As a Christian, why would a Christian push to have nominal/cultural Christians teaching (their?) kids about the Bible?


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