Thursday, May 8, 2014

Oklahoma Public School District adopts Hobby Lobby Bible Class

An unbiased public school course on the Bible? Students aren't coerced into taking the class because it's voluntary, and the curriculum has been designed to pass constitutional challenges. 

So what would make me suspicious of something so meticulously designed to indoctrinate school kids into the Christian faith? 
ChristianPost: Dan Barker, The Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison co-president and a former pastor, stated in the press release that he was troubled about the possible content of the elective course.

Mustang Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel (said), “When our pre-enrollment packets were returned by students earlier this semester, more than 170 students indicated the course would be their first choice for an elective class."
Barker detailed what an FFRF attorney found in the course, and how crosses the line in so many ways. Remember, this is just the toe in the door. It truly is amazing. Radio Audio:

Hobby Lobby's Common Core alternative? 
Dallas News: The president of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores is working to add the Bible to the curriculum of public high schools nationwide. His purpose, stated more clearly at some times than at others, is for students to learn its text and put America on a righteous course.

“This nation is in danger because of its ignorance of what God has taught,” Hobby Lobby's Steve Green said last year to the National Bible Association, announcing his plan for the high school course. “There are lessons from the past that we can learn from, the dangers of ignorance of this book. We need to know it, and if we don’t know it, our future is going to be very scary.”

The public Mustang School District in suburban Oklahoma City will begin teaching a class about the Bible as an elective beginning this fall. The goal is to place the Bible course in thousands of schools by 2017. The Green Scholars Initiative wasn't intended to proselytize or “go down denominational, religious-type roads,” and persuaded the board that the plan would pass any constitutional challenges.
A constitutional challenge would conceivably cost the district more money. Perhaps Steve Green will foot that bill? 


Anonymous said...

So you are against student choice? If this is not mandatory then what does it matter? Would you equally oppose a study of Greek Mythology?

Democurmudgeon said...

Well, I haven't been to my local House of Zuess, if that's what you mean.

Student choice? Yea, you had that when you went to school? Guess anything can be taught in school if it not mandatory? If you don't get why it matters, don't meddle in something my kids are still attending.

Sherman Mohr said...

The story of how Hobby Lobby International, the Brentwood-based chain owned by Mark Cleveland, and national retailer Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. settled their similar names is being told in The New York Times.