Proposed West Virginia bill would make schools add Bible elective

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two West Virginia senators introduced a bill that would require public, private, parochial and denominational schools to offer an elective that would teach the Bible.

West Virginia Senate Bill 252 states that the purpose of the course would be to, "teach students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, mores, oratory and public policy."

The bill also states that it would require that "federal and state laws be followed regarding neutrality while accommodating the diverse religious views of students."


Republican Sens. Mike Azinger and Sue Cline introduced the bill on Thursday.


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