MISSOURI: Lawmakers Advance GOP Bible Courses Bill

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

A state lawmaker who is a minister and dean of students at a southwest Missouri religious college wants public high school students to learn more about the Bible.  Rep. Ben Baker, R-Neosho, is sponsoring a proposal that would allow school boards in the state to offer a high school elective course on the Old Testament and the New Testament.

“The Bible is simply a part of the fabric of life,” Baker told members of a House committee Tuesday. The committee voted 8-2 to forward the legislation to the full House for further debate.

Christian activist Chuck Stetson, a founder of the Bible Literacy Project that promotes the academic study of the religious text, said the Bible was the origin of many modern Western values and should form an ­essential component of any young person’s education. “The Koran doesn’t come up in the plays of Shakespeare,” Stetson said.