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I was for teaching the Bible in schools before teaching the Bible in schools was cool. My argument, in a nutshell, is that at a time when religion is the dominant force in the world not preparing out students to live in that world does them, and us, a great disservice. It’s legal to teach the Bible. It’s necessary to teach the Bible. And the fact that it’s difficult, doesn’t make it wrong. Moreover, I think liberals should be at the vanguard of this movement because the Bible supports so many of their beliefs.
The LAT joins the bandwagon by looking at how some schools are handling the challenges.

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.
As the number of these classes increases across the nation, civil libertarians, religious minorities and others fear that Bible lessons cloaked in the guise of academia may provide cover for proselytizing in public schools.
“Theoretically, it can be taught in an appropriate manner, but it takes the wisdom of Solomon to do it,” said Mark Chancey, a professor of religious studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “You’re balancing academic quality, constitutional concerns and community sensibilities.”

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