90% Say Yes To The Bible Being Taught In Schools

90% Say Yes To The Bible Being Taught In Schools

In responses to UFI’s poll question, “In public schools, is it appropriate for the bible and other significant religious text to be available and used as an educational resource?” 90% of our blog readers said “Yes!” But that won’t be happening if federal judges have anything to say about it as shown in the story below.

Federal Court says “No” to use of Bible in Charter School

In another chapter in the controversy surrounding a charter school’s desire to use the Bible as a historical text, a federal court has said “no.”  A federal judge has dismissed Nampa Classical Academy’s lawsuit challenging the Idaho Public Charter School Commission’s ban on the use of religious texts in its curriculum.

Isaac Moffett, the academy founder continues to insist that the Bible will be used only as one of many religious texts – including the Quran and the writings of Confucius – to instruct students in history and literature and that there is no plan to indoctrinate children in any religious faith.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has held in many cases that public schools may teach about religion, including the Bible or other Scripture… The Court has also held that public schools may use the Bible in the study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion or the like.”

Moffett plans to teach, for example, Latin and Western civilization using the Bible as a historical and literary text.

Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) who represents the Academy is now looking into all options available for the appeal of the federal judge’s dismissal of the case.

“Censoring books, including religious books, is not the proper way to educate children,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman. “Children deserve a complete education, which is what Nampa Classical Academy provides. Moreover, the court’s opinion requiring the removal of religious books to comply with the so-called ‘separation of church and state’ conflicts with established U.S. Supreme Court precedent stating that ‘the Bible may constitutionally be used in an appropriate study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, or the like.’”

David Cortman went on to state that curriculum chosen by the Nampa Classical Academy falls within the U.S. Supreme Court standards for acceptable and constitutional.  Cortman feels confident:  “If we proceed with appeal, we trust the decision will be reversed.”

The vast majority of United Families International readers agree with the Academy and with ADF that the Bible should be available for use as an educational and historical resource.

For more information on this topic visit the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools

  • bgcamroux
    Posted at 13:02h, 02 June

    Considering that most of your readers are already strongly attached to their bibles it does not surprise me that the majority would support it being taught in public schools. How about you actually commission a poll by a reputable polling/survey firm to poll a representative sample of the population.

    Having a headline that reads “90% Say Yes to the Bible Being Taught in Schools” is greatly misleading. It begs the question: “90% of what?” That is, what portion of the population was polled? Were they sheep? Were they horses, or cows, or people? Were all Americans polled? Was a representative sample polled? Of course, you are probably hoping that people will not raise these questions, simply accepting the statement as fact. It needs to be understood that blog polls are not scientific and have no basis in representing society.

  • United Families International
    Posted at 13:31h, 02 June

    To Bgcamroux: as the post clearly states in the very first sentence of the post this is a poll taken by UFI and responded to by UFI’s blog readers.

  • Mrs Agnes Gurney
    Posted at 13:54h, 09 June

    I would like to see the Bible being used at school.

  • Braden
    Posted at 19:09h, 30 June

    Bible being taught in school is ok if its taught along side the Quran, the Torah, and all the other religious texts (including Pastafarian and Scientology)and with no bias toward any religion,if there is any selection of individual religions, it violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

    There is no such thing as a small violation of the Constitution

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