What is more disconcerting are findings from a Southern Methodist University study; "Reading,Writing & Religion II Texas Public School Bible Courses in 2011 – 12". This study examines course curriculum's and test questions given to Texas students.
Among the test questions are fictitious quotes such as, “The Bible is the source of liberty” attributed to Thomas Jefferson. The study goes on to point out a real Thomas Jefferson quote: “The Bible is such a book of lies and contradictions there is no knowing which part to believe or whether any.”
A Huffington Post article summarizes a few other distasteful study findings concerning teachings offered to Texas students:
"Christ's resurrection was an event that occurred in time and space -- that it was, in reality, historical and not mythological (cf. 2 Pet. 1:16)."
"Survival of the Jewish nations [sic] is one of the miracles of history and her greatest agony is yet to come."
Teachings even include that we may be living in the time of the "end of days" and that scientific evidence points to the Earth being 6,000 years old.
Keep in mind that the author of this study is an award winning, distinguished professor at a Methodist University! This man, Mark Chancey, supports religious electives and realizes the folly of these teachings. His folly is that he is devoting time to making recommendations on how to teach Christianity in a better way. The better way, seems to be his way.
Christian double standard
Any specific religious teachings in public schools are clear violations of the first amendment. My guess is that most of the people supporting this violation are also screaming the loudest about how banning an assault rifle is a violation of the second amendment.
I thought we sent our soldiers to foreign lands like Afghanistan to fight similar teachings of hate by Muslims. We place embargoes and all sorts of financial restraints on Iran for such hate speech. Yet we allow it in Texas. Is it all right to be a fanatic as long as your brand of fanaticism is the right brand?
The federal government must put a stop to "elective" bible courses in public schools before it gets worse. Maybe some Americans want to raise ignorant, intolerant children with a closet full of AR-15's but I do not think most of us do. And I know we should not have to be the ones to deal with these hate-filled children when they grow up! This is another example of how Americans do not need more religion we need more empathy