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Arizona Allows Bible Classes in Public Schools

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Christian Post (4/18/12) — Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that allows the establishing of elective classes that focus on the Bible and its influence on western civilization.

Sponsored by State Representative Terri Proud, House Bill 2563 was passed by a 21 to 9 vote in the state Senate last Thursday and signed by Brewer on Tuesday.

According to HB 2563, “A school district or charter school may offer an elective course pertaining to how the Bible has influenced western culture for pupils in grades nine through twelve.”

“A teacher who instructs a course offered under this section in its appropriate historical context and in good faith shall be immune from civil liability and disciplinary action,” reads the bill.

The Bible class elective would teach students, among other things, “the contents of the Old Testament and the New Testament,” “the history recorded by the Old Testament and the New Testament,” and the “influence of the Old Testament and the New Testament on laws, history, government, literature, art, music, customs, morals, values and culture.”

HB 2563 was not without its critics, as church-state groups like Americans United for the Separation of Church and State openly opposed the bill’s passage. Joe Conn, spokesman for Americans United, told The Christian Post that he was “disappointed” by the signing of the bill.

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