By ALLISON KENNEDY
April 15, 2007 – The Scrooge Report Post
MUSCOGEE COUNTY, Georgia – When Muscogee County high schools offer the first statewide elective courses in the Bible next fall, Christy Saucier will sign up.
The 17-year-old rising senior at Columbus High School sees the courses as a way to better defend her Christian faith, but also a means to excavate the background of the Bible.
“I want to learn about the literature and history behind it all,” said Saucier, who attends Morningside Baptist Church with her family.
The courses to be offered are “Literature and History of the Old Testament Era” and “Literature and History of the New Testament Era.”
On April 23, the Muscogee County School Board will vote on the course’s particular translation, the New King James Version (NKJV), which has been recommended by Muscogee County School Superintendent John Phillips. Yet, the Georgia Department of Education, in its course outline, says the teachers and students will not be bound to any one translation. The Georgia General Assembly voted in March 2006 to allow the courses, then instructed the Georgia Department of Education to devise curricula.
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