Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Good Grief

Texas public schools now required to teach the Bible:
(August 19, 2009) - As of the 2009-2010 school year public schools in Texas are now required to offer a high school elective course on the literature of the Bible and history of that era.

So many thoughts, objections, observations about this it's difficult to even start. In the parlance of the times: Srsly? WTF?! Yes, it's an elective, but a mandated offering elective, to public schools. Keep your church out of the state for crying out loud. Look, I'm not saying there's not a place for study of comparative religion or even of religous texts for literary value, but it's the Bible in Texas schools, I don't think that's what's going on here.

Let's mandate Texas schools also offer elective courses on the Koran and the history of that era. Likewise the Book of Mormon, Dianetics, and any other ludicrous load of crap somebody thinks is divine.

If your term paper is full of logical inconsistencies, errors of scholarship, outright contradictions, historical inaccuracies, moral turpitude, and page after page of tedious imaginary genealogy, does it does it get an A for showing you've grokked the Holy Writ?

I hope atheist and free thinking kids sign up for that elective in droves, study their Harris and Dawkins so they're well prepared (though common sense is all they really need) and then sue the bejeebus out of the school system every time they receive anything less than an A+ for holding the lesson plan to the same standard as any other literature or history class.
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