Thursday, May 24, 2007

Texas attempts to safeguard against bending

Houston Chronicle (TX): Optional Bible classes received the go-ahead from Texas state legislatures Wednesday. Lawmakers added anti-bending provisions such as requiring mandatory training for teachers and banning the use of the Bible as a textbook in and of itself. While dissenters maintained that a course on the Bible would emphasis Christianity over other religious traditions, the possibility remained open that future courses on the Qur'an could be made available if there is a demand.

Despite opposition from critics who fear that this bill will lead to classroom evangelization, Kathy Miller, president of a nonpartisan organization that supports religious freedom declared, "Today, the Senate kept safeguards in this bill that should prevent government from telling our schoolchildren what to believe about the Bible." The Bible Bending Watchdog wishes Texas' school districts all the best.

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