I know where i stand on these classes here in Georgia. I personally do not support it! This to me is sending the message that America is a one religion country, which is not true!
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.
Jusitice MH says: The lawmakers here in Georgia are showing their bias toward other religions here in Amrerica, and not every child is a Jew or Christian.
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.
Justice MH says: Yes it is important to understand these religions with their fallible books! However, not one religion, but the religions that all students represent. Yes we have gotten to far away from relgion, it just depend on how close and cozy you want to get with this religion or any other religion!
Georgia has set teachers up for failure," said Charles Haynes, of the First Amendment Center, a Washington D.C.-based civil liberties group. "The chances of it being unconstitutional are pretty big and the pitfalls are huge."
His group supports religious discussions and study of the Bible in public schools, but Haynes says Georgia's law fails to give enough guidance to teachers on the difference between academic study and spiritual teaching.
"People are going to sue," he said. "That's why the Legislature should have been more responsible about putting school boards in situations where they might have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, split their communities and end up in a courtroom."
The First Amendment Center and Georgia's branch of the American Civil Liberties Union both say they plan to monitor how the classes are taught.
Concern about violating the separation of church and state is a reason why some of Georgia's largest districts have steered clear of the classes so far.
Pease, a Christian, said she'd support schools teaching comparative religion classes, including those that studied the holy books of other major faiths like Islam's Quran.
Justice MH says: I agree with Pease, that all religions should be represented! Now to me is special status for religion now. I'm not really for this, but i will be keeping an eye on this closely here in Georgia!