Hemant reports that the Idaho Republican party’s central committee recently met for a meeting that included proposed legislation, and one of the bills they said they want to pass would make the Bible a reference to be used in schools in virtually every area of the curriculum. The text:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Idaho County Central Committee encourages the Idaho legislature to draft and support a bill stating that the Bible is expressly permitted to be used in Idaho public schools for reference purposes to further the study of literature, comparative religion, English and foreign languages, U.S. and world history, comparative government, law, philosophy, ethics, astronomy, biology, geology, world geography, archaeology, music, sociology, and other topics of study where an understanding of the Bible may be useful or relevant;
But it’s useful in virtually none of those. Certainly it’s relevant to one degree or another in literature, comparative religion and world history, but of what possible use could it be in astronomy, biology or geology? Oh wait, these are almost certainly creationists and likely of the young earth variety, so they would see it as useful in teaching those subjects out of the Bible as well. That would be educational malpractice, of course. It would literally be teaching lies. But I’m certainly not surprised that they want to do it.
The question now, as Hemant notes, is whether the state legislature actually considers and passes such a bill. This is Idaho we’re talking about, so I don’t think it would be a big shock if they did so. We’ll just have to wait and see.