In a Twitter post on Monday, President Trump backed a move by several states to teach elective courses on Bible history in public schools — and the left is already furious.
The legislation is being proposed in six states and was discussed Monday on “Fox & Friends.”
“Trump’s tweet came roughly a half-hour after North Dakota state Rep. Aaron McWilliams (R) appeared on ‘Fox & Friends.’ McWilliams is co-sponsoring a measure in North Dakota to support Bible literacy classes,” The Hill reported.
The other states that have introduced similar measures are Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Virginia and West Virginia.
“Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible,” Trump tweeted.
“Starting to make a turn back? Great!”
Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
The move, you probably won’t be surprised to know, is opposed by liberals who feel that an elective course on Bible history is somehow coercive.
“State legislators should not be fooled that these bills are anything more than part of a scheme to impose Christian beliefs on public schoolchildren,” Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said of the proposals last week, according to USA Today.
“Why is this idea controversial?” Walsh wrote.
“Well, because we live in an aggressively stupid culture filled with nincompoops who think ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion’ means that schools have to ignore the very existence of religion. The problem is that a well-rounded education divorced entirely from the Bible is impossible.
“No matter what you believe or what God, if any, you worship, the simple fact is this: The Bible is the most influential and important book ever composed. It is the most translated, best selling, most widely read, most quoted, most debated, most cherished, most loved, most reviled collection of writings ever compiled in history.
“This book, more than any other, has molded the world in which we live, especially in the West. If you rip it out of education, it will leave a Bible-shaped hole behind.”
No matter what you think about Donald Trump as a human being or as a Christian, he’s been a consistent defender of the often-attacked rights of Christians, particularly in terms of fighting the idea that denying the existence of God in a cultural context is somehow the only way to comply with the Constitution.
It’s not, and the president knows it.
Let’s hope that legislators in these states know it, too.
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