Arizona Students Might Be Taking Bible Classes if New Bill Passes

Lately, the state of Arizona has been coming out with some pretty conservative laws, such as its immigration laws and definition of when life begins. Now, the state is taking moves that might spread its conservation reach into education.

That state’s Senate approved House Bill 2563 on April 12, 2012. This bill will create a new high school class in public and charter schools where students read and learn about the Bible and the role it has played in Western culture. House Bill 2563 passed in February of this year and is now sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk, where it will either be signed into effect or thrown out.

So will this class just be a lot of Bible-thumping? Not exactly. If the bill passes, the state’s Board of Education must create an elective class that will be offered for high school students called “The Bible and its influence on Western Culture.” Students who choose to take the class would learn the impact the Old and New Testaments have had on history, literature, government, and other aspects of Western society throughout the ages.

According to Republic state Rep. Terri Proud, the teachers who teach this class will only be able to use the Bible “in a very restricted way.” Read the rest of this entry »

College Professor Uses the Bible to Insult Homosexuals

bibleSometimes it’s best to just keep your opinions to yourself. Especially if you are a college professor at a publicly funded school and if your views are likely to offend many of your students.

Dr. Bradley Lopez taught a health sciences class at Fresno City College. Students recently complained that Lopez was using the Bible as a textbook, citing it to explain global warming and to rebuff homosexuality. Lopez claimed homosexuality is a mental disease and that homosexuals should have to undergo psychotherapy.

Lopez assigned readings from the Bible as homework, read the Bible out-loud, and used “the Bible as an authority in the assigned subject matter,” according a report issued by the Vice President of Student Services, Christopher Villa.

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