Georgia Schools Cautious on Bible Classes

Most people do realize that this is an area that many people can feel very passionate about.

By DOUG GROSS
Associated Press

May 1, 2007 – The Scrooge Report Post

ATLANTA — Georgia’s public schools walk a delicate line as they decide whether to offer the nation’s first state-funded Bible classes, measuring the difference between preaching and teaching with the likelihood of costly lawsuits looming for those that miss the mark.

The state school board approved curriculum in March for teaching the Bible in Georgia’s high schools, but there hasn’t been a rush of schools to start up the classes. Only a handful of the state’s 180 school districts have agreed to offer the elective classes so far.

“It has been a very thoughtful, healthy process,” said Robin Pennock, deputy schools superintendent of Muscogee County, where the school board decided to offer the Old Testament and New Testament classes next fall. “Most people do realize that this is an area that many people can feel very passionate about.”

It’s difficult to confirm how many school boards have adopted or are considering the classes. However, Muscogee, which borders Alabama and includes the city of Columbus and the Army’s Fort Benning, is one of the state’s largest districts to have done so.

“It’s important to understand religion; it’s something we’ve gotten too far away from,” said Jan Pease, whose 15-year-old daughter attends Northside High School in Columbus.

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