Trump Promotes Christian Theocracy Via Bible Literacy Classes In Public Schools

Trump Promotes Christian Theocracy Via Bible Literacy Classes In Public Schools January 28, 2019

Creeping Christian theocracy: President Donald Trump uses Twitter to advocate for Bible literacy classes in public schools.

Earlier this morning Trump publicly promoted legislation currently being proposed in multiple states that would force all public schools to offer Bible literacy classes.

Trump tweeted:

Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!

The Hill reports:

President Trump on Monday embraced proposals from lawmakers in six states that would allow public schools to offer Bible literacy classes.

The president’s tweet came shortly after the subject was discussed on “Fox & Friends.”

Reporting on the push for mandating Bible literacy classes in public schools, USA Today notes:

Some of the lawmakers – and leaders of Christian groups supporting the bills – say they want to restore traditional values in schools…

Note: “Traditional values” is code for conservative Christian values, and all the bigotry, ignorance, and mean-spiritedness associated with those conservative Christian values.

In fact, the call for mandating Bible literacy classes in public schools is part of a much larger project being undertaken by conservative Christians to remake the U.S. into a Christian theocracy.

Indeed, the attempt to mandate Bible literacy classes in public schools is part of a multipronged legislative plan from Christian Nationalists known as “Project Blitz” which seeks to use “religious freedom” as a Trojan horse for a Christian theocracy.

Religion Dispatches reports on the Project Blitz agenda:

Many of the bills on their agenda are making news; some have passed key legislative committees or whole state legislative chambers, and some have already been signed into law. But what reporters, activists, and most legislators don’t realize is that many of these bills draw from an unusual package of 20 model bills included in a report assembled by a coalition of Christian Right groups for an initiative they call “Project Blitz.”

The bills are seemingly unrelated and range widely in content—from requiring public schools to display the national motto, “In God We Trust” (IGWT); to legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ people; to religious exemptions regarding women’s reproductive health. The model bills, the legislative strategy and the talking points reflect the theocratic vision that’s animated a meaningful portion of the Christian Right for some time.

Commenting on the legislative proposals mandating Bible literacy classes, Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told USA Today:

State legislators should not be fooled that these bills are anything more than part of a scheme to impose Christian beliefs on public schoolchildren.

Writing for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rob Boston notes:

So-called “Bible literacy” courses may look all right on the surface, but you don’t have to probe too deeply to expose serious problems. Often, these courses are just a cover to bring a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible into public schools. Essentially, they’re Sunday School lessons masquerading as legitimate instruction.

… the backers of Project Blitz and other far-right groups behind this new push aren’t interested in truly objective classes about the Bible in public schools. They want classes that indoctrinate children in a specific religious perspective – theirs.

Bottom line: By tweeting out his support for Bible literacy classes in public schools, President Trump is also promoting the conservative Christian dream of a Christian theocracy.

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