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Why Trump is tweeting about studying the Bible

Jan 29, 2019

By Aaron Rupar

President Donald Trump began the first week post-shutdown with a seemingly odd (for Trump) and random endorsement of Bible study in public schools, an issue that’s never been a central component of his agenda.

The Monday morning tweet made some sense when Twitter users saw a segment about “Bible literacy bills” was airing on Fox & Friends, the president’s favorite morning show.

“Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible,” Trump wrote. “Starting to make a turn back? Great!”

Trump’s tweet came minutes after Fox & Friends interviewed North Dakota Rep. Aaron McWilliams (R), who co-sponsored a bill to allow Bible classes in public schools in his state.

“There’s a separation of church and state, but there’s not a separation of books from education,” McWilliams said, adding that unless schools allow classes about religious texts, the state ends up “establishing a religion of secularism within our school by not having anything else.”

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5 comments on “Why Trump is tweeting about studying the Bible

  • OK; I taught literature for years.  Study means criticism and analysis.  Good luck creating Christians with this approach!  I tried it and swiftly became an atheist!


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  • No good giving Trump a real bible (the King James of course) he wouldn’t understand the English.  Shakespeare had a hand in polishing it up (vide Psalm 46).  I’d hate to have had the job of teaching him literature.


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  • In Quebec, we have a class called Morals at the Secondary level. You learn about various religions. At the CEGEP level, we have 2 humanities classes to take which covers philosophy and various religions.

    Why don’t you do the same in the USA? I think the atheist lobby there should push for equal time for various religions and philosophies otherwise, the christian lobby is going to keep trying to push christianity only.


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  • @OP – “There’s a separation of church and state, but there’s not a separation of books from education,” McWilliams said, adding that unless schools allow classes about religious texts, the state ends up “establishing a religion of secularism within our school by not having anything else.”

    If McWilliams thinks “secularism” is a religion, then clearly he is religion illiterate, and bible-besotted!

    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/secularism

    secularism definition: the belief that religion should not be involved with the ordinary social and political activities of a country.



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