The state of Kentucky just defied those who want every remnant of the Christian faith to be removed from public schools.
In a ceremony last week, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed a bill that allows public schools in the state to teach the Bible, WDBP reported.
“The idea that we would not want this to be an option for people in school, that would be crazy,” Bevin said at the ceremony. “I don’t know why every state would not embrace this, why we as a nation would not embrace this.”
The bill gives local school boards the option to add Bible literacy classes to their school’s social studies curriculum.
The new classes would be electives, not requirements, CNN reported.
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. D.J. Johnson, pointed out what many Americans already know to be true — that the Bible is foundational to the American founding and a reliance on God is vital for our nation to flourish.
After all, the freedom and religious liberties we enjoy are based on the knowledge our Founding Fathers had that our rights and value as human beings come from God, not the government.
“It really did set the foundation that our founding fathers used to develop documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights,” said Rep. Johnson. “All of those came from principles from the Bible.”
Unsurprisingly, there are a few unhappy individuals over the new law.
“The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky told CNN affiliate WDRB it will be closely monitoring how the law is used by school boards,” CNN reported.
“A Bible literacy bill that, on its face, may not appear to be unconstitutional, could in fact become unconstitutional in its implementation,” ACLU Advocacy Director Kate Miller said.
“We want to make sure that teachers can teach and make sure that they don’t go in to preach,” Miller added.
But Gov. Bevin pointed out that religious people shouldn’t be the only ones who think the law is a good idea.
“You could be an atheist, and you would appreciate there’s a lot of wisdom in the Bible,” he said.
According to The Daily Caller, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, and Alabama have also been pushing for religion to remain in the classrooms of public schools.
The state of Kentucky has taken a bold stand for the Bible — hopefully, it encourages others to do the same.
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