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.