From the bill:
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter A, Chapter 28, Education Code, is
amended by adding Section 28.011 to read as follows:
Sec. 28.011. ELECTIVE COURSES ON THE BIBLE'S HEBREW
SCRIPTURES (OLD TESTAMENT) AND NEW TESTAMENT AND THEIR IMPACT ON
THE HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION. (a) A school
district may offer to students in grade nine or above:
Ah well, that's the lovely thing about associating with skeptics. They often check your assertions and let you know when you're wrong. It keeps me from getting too lazy when I write.
If I ever decide that I prefer being lazy, I can always write stuff for faith-based publications. As long as they think it comes from someone in their tribe and it doesn't jar too obviously with their a priori assumptions, they'll generally swallow it whole and ask for more.
So, it "authorizes"--a sly (?) way to introduce "Creationism," and other idiotic cultural standards. Do the legislators in the State of Texas also allow study of the Koran? "Religion is evil in the blood," in any guise.
Ugh. I had to study the Bible as "literature" in my high school English class. The class soon deteriorated into a war between the Catholic kids and the Protestant kids. The Jewish guy (the only Jewish kid in the whole school) and I sat back and watched.
Yes, an understanding of the Bible stories is necessary to read much of literature written before the 20th Century, but still having to sit through that is painful at best.
This is just another example of a brain-washed electorate putting incompetent, meistic legislators in charge of social standards. One hopes the ACLU will act on this.
Atheism must be a cradle option, as are all other interpretations of cosmic standards. I don't see anything wrong with teaching comparative religion (so labeled), as long as in-depth explanations of the various hypotheses are presented. Eventually, as the mind matures, human imagination will grasp appropriate basics for getting along with others (about the third decade of Life). "The sins of the fathers, etc." will always prevail--so the start of appropriate references must be at the earliest level of comprehension. All religious leaders know this.
When my son was a student at N. Augusta HS (SC), he was required to attend Bible study in the guise of English class. I had a talk with the principal at the time, and reminded him of Federal church/state guidelines, and threatened him (and the county, school board, et. al.) with a lawsuit. He had been a student at NAHS, a teacher of the parents of the current student body, sic, and was astonished that anyone would object to cultural imperatives. Christians, and all dedicated to their particular fantasy, feel they are "doing right" by teaching the standards they were taught--and never mind what those standards may have caused.
"Ignorance is the greatest evil." There are no gods, except in the minds of humans. To stamp out the virus of religion must be done at the earliest opportunity, during the formation of Life's rules.
Yes, there are crazy cults in Texas. But who needs money for a jihad? May I introduce you to the concept of the IED (improvised explosive device)? I mean, you know they can make them, rednecks have been making IEDs to kill squirrels for generations.