Bible classes can now be offered in public schools in Kentucky
Bible classes can now be offered in public schools in Kentucky. Governor Matt Bevin signed Bill 128 and it went into affect two days ago. The Bible Literacy Bill gives school boards the option to create bible courses as part of Social Studies curriculum.
Franklin Stewart grew up in Kentucky. The evangelist always has his Bible by his side, like tonight as he guest preaches at Cedar Hill, Tennessee's Highland Baptist Chapel Church.
Stewart says, "When I was a kid in grade school, they taught the Bible in public school and we all had to say the Pledge of Allegiance, have prayer and and also learn the New Testament books."
Stewart is one of many supporters of the new Bible Literacy Bill in his home state.
Stewart says," I believe if we begin to teach it in public schools it would be a great blessing to the nation and a great blessing to individual kids. Because this country was founded on Christianity."
Rep. D.J. Johnson (R-KY) Owensboro says," Documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. All of those came from principles from the Bible."
Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin signed the bill allowing school boards the option to offer the courses.
Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) says, "You could be an atheist, and you would appreciate there's a lot of wisdom in the Bible. I don't know why every state would not embrace this, why we as a nation would not embrace this."
Billy Reynolds, Highland Baptist Chapel member says, " I wish it would happen here in Tennessee."
Some are concerned with what could happen. The ACLU of Kentucky says it is monitoring the courses and law to make sure it doesn't become unconstitutional.
Kate Miller with ACLU of Kentucky says, "We want to make sure that teachers can teach, and, make sure that they don't go in to preach."
The key point is that it is up to each student to take the course or not, which is provides as an elective and not a requirement.
"No, we don't believe in forced religion. I agree with that wholeheartedly...they shouldn't be forced to do it...but it's a great thing if they have the privilege and want to. Amen, " says Stewart.