With the growing discontent of WV teachers and state employees virtually dominating the Capitol, it seems ludicrous to be worrying about allowing schools to offer elective courses in the Bible.
Senator Ron Stollings (D-Boone County), who opposes the bill, grew frustrated with the lengthy debate while other issues are pending.
“We talk about what’s important to our state–job creation, education of our people–and yet we’re talking about God, guns, gays and abortion,” Stollings said. “It just upsets me. I think this bill is worthless, frankly.” (WVMetronews.com)
There are blatant constitutional issues with a course in the Bible, but I actually think a class in “Comparative World Religions” would be useful to students’ understanding of many contemporary world problems.
Students may be taught about religion, but public schools may not teach religion. As the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly said, "[i]t might well be said that one's education is not complete without a study of comparative religion, or the history of religion and its relationship to the advancement of civilization." (Joint Statement of the ACLU and other groups)
If all of us had a better understanding of Islam, for example, we might have less prejudice, less violence, and a better chance of achieving a semblance of normalcy in the mid-East.
And the legislature might tackle more pressing issues.