The Arizona state House of Representatives just passed a bill that would allow local schools to teach elective courses about the influence of the Bible on American history and American culture. It passed 42-15.
The House debate was passionate.
“This bill was first introduced in 2006 in Alabama by a Democrat,” Proud said. “This isn’t about being Republican. This is about America.”
House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, said the bill, if it becomes law, will face a constitutional challenge. “And I believe we are going to lose,” he said.
Rep. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, voted for the bill after unsuccessfully proposing an amendment to also allow schools to teach a course on the Book of Mormon’s influence on Western culture.
The state isn’t going to face a legal challenge; on its face, the bill is constitutional. The problem comes in the implementation at the local level. Inevitably, some local schools are going to use the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools curriculum, or invent their own that is just as bad, and they’re going to get sued. And lose. It’s the Dover trap all over again.
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