Committee: Question is misleading

Dear editor:

In Tuesday's edition of the Craig Daily Press, there is a poll about putting the Bible in the school to be taught as a religious study.

The residents of Moffat County did not petition the school board to have the Bible taught as Religion. Moffat County School Board was petitioned to install a course on the Bible as History and Literature.

Reasons:

1. To equip the student with a fundamental understanding of the important literary forms contained in the Bible, as well as Biblical figures and symbols often referred to in literature, art and music;

2. To equip the student with a fundamental understanding of the influence of the Bible on history, law, American community life and culture;

3. To provide insight into the world views of America's Founding Fathers and consideration of how the Bible influenced their view on human rights;

4. To provide a greater knowledge of Middle-Eastern history, geography, religion and politics; and

5. To inform the student of the importance of religion in world and national history, without imposing the doctrine of any particular religious sect.

This curriculum would provide the student with information regarding the Bible's influence on history, and specifically, the American form of government.

The study of 15,000 original documents concluded that biblical references accounted for 34 percent of the direct quotes in the political writings of the Founding Era. These findings and others have led some journalists and historians to conclude that "historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our Founding document.

The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch (New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993) observes, "No one in the English-speaking world can be considered literate without a basic knowledge of the Bible. : The Bible is also essential for understanding many of the moral and spiritual values of our culture, whatever our religious beliefs."

The specific course suggested to MCSB has been adopted in more than 1,600 School Districts and 38 states, having passed multiple courts tests, and recently was adopted by two School Districts in the front range of Colorado.

National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools has passed all of the Federal, State and Educational Rules and Regulations.

We are not looking for any religious course to be placed in our school. We are looking for what is right for our kids.

When people do the research, they will find that when the Bible was removed from our schools, our society began spiraling downward, beginning with the youth of our nation.

Therefore, we ask the Craig Daily Press to rerun this Poll, asking the question correctly, such as "Are you in favor of 'The Bible as History and Literature' being taught at MCHS.?"

Sincerely,

The Committee to Reinstate the Bible as History & Literature in MCHS

(Editor's note: The exact question that appeared in the paper and is on the Web site is: "Do you think there needs to be a religion course in the schools?")

Comments

Isis 6 years, 1 month ago

This does not belong in a PUBLIC school. Isn't this what "Bible School" is for at church? This is most appropriate for a private school. As a taxpayer, I whole heartedly object.

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GregWinslow 6 years, 1 month ago

Just this week, the ACLU's lawsuit against the Ector County, TX School District resulted in a settlement on the basis that the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools curriculum never again be taught there. The same curriculum was kicked out of Florida schools in the lawsuit Gibson vs Lee County School Board. The question the paper should be asking is: "Do you want to spend your tax dollars defending against a lawsuit?" Moffat County has made the right decision by choosing to evaluate all the Bible curricula available before taking action. The one now being proposed is not good enough for our kids.

See http://www.aclu.org/religion/schools/34356prs20080305.html (I am not a fan of the ACLU, but I don't want my tax dollars wasted on a lawsuit that they would surely file.)

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