Israel’s lunatic Education Minister wants every kid to have a Bible

Israel’s lunatic Education Minister wants every kid to have a Bible August 30, 2019

ACCORDING to new data released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Israel allocates three times more time to Biblical education in comparison to the US and the 33 other members of the OECD.

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But this is not enough, it seems for Israel’s Education Minister rabbi Rafi Peretz, above, who found himself in a world of woe recently when he advocated reparative therapy for homosexuality. He withdrew his remarks when faced with a furious backlash.

Peretz is now stressing “the vital importance” of teaching the scriptures to young people.

The goal is Bible for every child, not just a computer for every child.

Speaking at a recent seminar held by Herzog Academic College, he argued that when people study the Bible, they have:

No questions about our right to the land. These things are clear and known. We are a nation that relies on its spirit, and the Bible is the decisive book in the campaign.

Currently, Israel allocates around 14 percent of classroom time to religious subjects and most of this time is used to study the Bible. That compares to just four percent across Europe, with the OECD members spending at an average of fibe percent of classroom time on religious studies.

Among state-religious schools in Israel, some 55 weekly hours are allocated solely for Bible and Jewish studies.

While the US falls well behind Israel on the allocation of time and resources to religious education, the Bible is making a resurgence in the education system, which is a source of enormous delight to faith-heads.

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In 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin – he who championed the ghastly homophobic county clerk Kim Davis – signed a law which makes provisions for the teaching of the Bible in public schools, giving local school boards the power to develop Biblical literacy classes. Bevin said at the signing ceremony:

The idea that we would not want this to be an option for people in school, that would be crazy. I don’t know why every state would not embrace this, why we as a nation would not embrace this.

And in January, America’s Tit-in-Chief Trump tweeted about his desire to ramp up of religious classes.

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

Chuck Stetson, who publishes a widely-used Bible study textbook, said:

We’re not too far away from a tipping point. Instead of having to find a reason to teach the Bible in public schools academically, as part of a good education, you’re going to have to find a reason not to do it.

Stetson added that:

When the President of the United States gives us a shout-out, that’s pretty crazy. It’s got the momentum now.

One of the politicians at the helm of attempts to introduce the Bible to the schooling system is former Virginia congressman, Randy Forbes, who heads up the Congressional Prayer Circus Caucus Foundation.

Doesn’t it just make sense that we should have that book that has been so impactful at least be studied and examined by people who want to study and examine in the place where we go to explore ideas and look at what we are going to do for tomorrow?

But Rachel Laser, President and Chief Executive  of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said that the new GOP-pushed classes are:

 Part of an effort to establish this sort of narrow Christian agenda as the norm for our country, the government-sanctioned and supported norm.

Forbes, however, disagreed.

We are not trying to get someone or tell someone they have to believe a certain thing. We are just saying, ‘Look at the history of this book. Look at the importance of the ideas in this book. Look at how it plays a role in even the policies of the United States of America and you make your own decisions.’

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  • Jim Jones

    Why not Harry Potter in primary school and James Bond in high school? At least the writing is better and they’re far more moral. Plus 007 is pro-heterosexuality. He likes to hetero his brains out!

  • Milo C

    Well we can’t include any stories of King David, that might promote homosexuality.

  • Matt G

    How about the history of thought that led to the Constitution?

  • llDayo

    According to many on the Right that would be the Bible.

  • Broga

    The bibles to be read under guidance and with great selectivity.

  • igotbanned999

    Bible classes are fine, as long as atheists teach them

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Or (Song of) Solomon.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Right. Objective teaching is not the goal. Indoctrination.
    Funny how the people that wanted to teach Creationism and ID “so kids can decide for themselves” aren’t interested in teaching other religions/views so kids can choose. Integrity, it’s what’s for dinner.

  • [Rafi Peretz] argued that when people study the Bible, they have “No questions about our right to the land.”

    And there it is. It’s all about justifying their theft of Palestinian property.

  • John Pieret

    We are not trying to get someone or tell someone they have to believe a certain thing. We are just saying, ‘Look at the history of this book. Look at the importance of the ideas in this book.

    Next up … a look at the history and importance of Mein Kampf

  • I might have no problem with teaching the bible as literature, as long as it’s presented as no more or less valid than any other mythology (which would also be taught in the same class).

  • Freethinker

    A Biblical Theocracy pretending to be a Democracy shows its true colors once again, now even more emboldened by the Orange Fungus in the WH.

    3 billion dollars a year of American taxpayer dollars goes to support this Apartheid state every single year.

  • barriejohn

    They want to teach the Bible as “history”? Are they completely mad?

  • Anat

    Well, at least in Israeli state schools the Bible is taught critically. Probably not up-to-date academic criticism, but students are required to know that the text evolved and was not composed at the time of when the alleged events described in it supposedly happened, and that many parts originated in pagan beliefs and literature. State religious schools OTOH teach from a traditionalist approach. (And schools where the population isn’t Jewish teach the religion(s) of the student body, whether Muslim, Druze, or Christian.)

  • Anat

    Which constitution? Israel doesn’t have one.

  • Anat

    I’m pretty sure at least some of my Bible teachers were atheists or at least indifferent to religious views.

  • barriejohn

    I take it that that was a reference to Randy Forbes’s ideas. There are TWO stories here!

  • Matt G

    As barriejohn says, I was addressing comments by Laser and Forbes.

  • guerillasurgeon

    We are just saying, ‘Look at the history of this book. Look at the importance of the ideas in this book. Look at how it plays a role in even the policies of the United States of America and you make your own decisions.’
    Yes………… of course you are.

  • barriejohn

    Even if that were the case, most of the “ideas” in the Bible (the bulk of which consists of the Old Testament) are entirely reprehensible to any civilised person!

  • Broga

    Meanwhile, millions of Americans cannot afford health care. Says something about priorities.

  • barriejohn

    I keep seeing tearjerking Bible Society ads (used to be The British & Foreign Bible Society, btw), pleading with viewers to donate £5 a month so that children in Africa can be given a free Bible.

    Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and more than half the population is under 18. There are children everywhere, barefoot, playing in the dirt, roaming in groups and jumping over rubbish-strewn streams.

    And they’re sending BIBLES?

    It makes my blood boil.