The Idaho Republican Party has decided it would be a great idea to mandate that the Bible become a reference book in public school classes which teach science or law.
Here we go again.
The Idaho GOP has issued a set of proposed resolutions which are bundled under the title, “A Resolution Supporting Bible Use in Idaho Public Schools.”
Catchy, don’t ya think?
Marge Arnzen, the Republican Party chairperson for Idaho County, sent language which can be used by the state legislature if they are so inclined. That language reads, in part:
I’m sure the Idaho GOP thinks this is a great way to force Christianity down the throats of young people in their state, but perhaps they should take a moment and consider a similar scenario they probably wouldn’t find quite so copacetic: A local Islamic group decides it would be a great idea to mandate that the Koran be used as a reference book in public school classes which teach science and law. Can you hear the screams of Republicans decrying the teaching of Sharia law to students? Those howls would reverberate across the state and the nation.
I have no problem with young people reading or studying the Bible if they so choose. But not in schools! Religious instruction does not belong in schools. It should instead be kept in places of worship and the home.
Recent studies have shown that the number of Americans who describe themselves as Christian is on the wane. So now Republicans think they can force feed their beliefs to the young and impressionable, and they can thereby guarantee future generations of obedient believers. But the quickest way to dissuade a child from learning something is to make it mandatory.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.