L.A. Times: stretching to find the good in public school Bible classes

Although factual, this Los Angeles Times story has a negative tone to the Bible-in-public-schools debate by certainly not embracing the Bible as literature programs. The article is very different than the often quoted and emailed timeline about the downward spiraling of morals and indicators since the Bible was pulled from schools in the 60’s. But that is the challenge in proclaiming the Good News to an unbelieving world.

Does the Bible have a place in public schools? I would say it does have a place over many things already in the school system….by a longshot!

– Alexander, TheScroogeReport.com

Does the Bible have a place in public schools?
New legal mandates and the rise of two national curricula are driving a surge in the number of classes — and the debate over how they’re taught.

By SEEMA MEHTA
Los Angeles Times

It looks like a scene out of Sunday school — students in a southern Orange County classroom huddle over Bibles as teacher Ryan Cox guides them in analyzing the relationship between God and Satan.

“If God is supposedly omnipotent, if he exists and is all-powerful, why let the serpent in the Garden” of Eden? Cox asks. “Why let him hurt Job? Why let him tempt Jesus?”

But this lesson, at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, is one of the growing number of Bible classes being taught in public schools across the nation.

There is broad agreement across the social, political and religious spectrum, and most important the Supreme Court, that the Bible can be taught in public schools and that knowledge of the Bible is vital to students’ understanding of literature and art, including “Moby-Dick,” Michelangelo and “The Matrix.”

But battles are raging in statehouses, schools and courtrooms over how to teach but not to preach.

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