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Trump pushes for Bible literacy classes in USA schools

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with Rev. Pat Robertson during an appearance at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

By Male Marvin

President Donald Trump on Monday gave his blessing to lawmakers in several states across USA who are pushing legislation to allow Bible literacy classes in public schools, UG Christian News has learnt.

According to the Washington Post, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia are seeking the Bible Literacy Bill, which gives school boards the option to create bible courses as part of Social Studies curriculum. 

The key point, according to WSBT-TV, is that it is up to each student to take the course or not.

“Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!” Trump tweeted.

Media sources show that the legislation has drawn objections from groups seeking to protect the separation of church and state. The groups, according to the Washington Post, argue that the bills are backdoor attempts to promote Christianity in public schools.

Republican state representative from North Dakota, Aaron McWilliams who is in one of the states where lawmakers are weighing such bills told local media sources that there’s a separation of church and state, “but there’s not a separation of books from education.”

Last year, Bible literacy bills were considered in at least three other states — Alabama, Iowa and West Virginia — but none passed, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Lawmakers in Kentucky passed legislation in 2017 creating state regulations for public high schools to offer elective literature courses on the Bible and Hebrew Scriptures.

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