OKLAHOMA CITY — The House Common Education Committee on Wednesday kept alive a controversial bill to allow public schools to teach from the Bible.
By a 10-3 vote, the committee advanced Senate Bill 1338, which permits districts to offer courses teaching the cultural and historical context of the Bible. Supporters say the courses will not be used to advocate religion.
Skeptics said such courses are already permissible and that repeated attempts to pass legislation such as SB 1338 are a waste of time.
"It seems like we spend more time talking about religion than we do academics," said Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove.
Rep. Samson Buck, D-Ardmore, asked, "Is this as far as you intend to go, or is it your intent to eventually be teaching Christianity in the public schools?"
The bill's House sponsor, Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, insisted that the courses would be purely academic.
"I very strongly feel that the purpose is to teach the history and culture of our country," Russ said. "Thank God we live in America, where we can do that."
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