This week President Trump took to Twitter to endorse Bible literacy classes in public schools at a time when at least six states are considering elective courses on the Bible’s historical and literary significance.
The idea of teaching students about how biblical principles shaped our Founding Fathers pleased many conservatives, while liberals screamed about the separation of church and state myth and the supposed violation of the First Amendment.
But the First Amendment simply forbids Congress from making any laws “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The goal of the elective Bible classes isn’t to proselytize, as some liberals fear, but rather to educate.
Writes The Daily Signal’s Daniel Davis about this recent push, “It’s really impossible to appreciate American history without a working knowledge of Christianity’s core teachings, since Christianity informed America’s self-understanding going all the way back to the Mayflower.”
Project Blitz, which includes the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, the Christian public-interest law firm National Legal Foundation, and conservative nonprofit WallBuilders, is behind the Bible literacy agenda and other legislation that promotes Judeo-Christian beliefs.
Tennessee is one of seven states where similar laws already exist.
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