‘Bible literacy’ courses in some Kentucky schools are breaking the law, ACLU says

Jan 10, 2018

By Deborah Yetter

“Bible literacy” classes being taught in some Kentucky public schools appear to violate the Constitution by promoting Christianity and Sunday school-style “religious life lessons,” according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.

The ACLU’s finding, contained in a letter to the state Department of Education, follows its review of how some school districts have begun offering courses under House Bill 128, a measure passed last year by the Kentucky General Assembly to include “Bible literacy” in public school curriculum.

The letter asks state education officials to develop “clear, concise and controlled guidance for Kentucky’s schoolteachers” as it works on creating guidelines for courses in Bible literacy. It said state education officials are devising such guidelines.

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One comment on “‘Bible literacy’ courses in some Kentucky schools are breaking the law, ACLU says”

  • Bible literacy is essential to the understanding of literature, history and probably law. Of all the things upon which modern civilisation is founded, perhaps the bible is the most important. But it is by no means the only input, classical literature would run it a close second, as would medieval history, Greek and Roman civilisation, philosophy, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, imperialism….the list could go on for ever. In the totality of things civil, you could argue that the Bible is the primus inter pares, but no more than that. What is needed in the curriculum is comprehensive courses about the history of ideas.

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