House Bill 341 was introduced by Representative Kim Daniels to offer elective Bible courses in an attempt to encourage high school students to pray.
Lawmakers in Florida have proposed a bill that requires public schools to offer elective Bible courses in an attempt to encourage high school students to pray. According to Fox News, this House Bill 341 was introduced by Representative Kim Daniels, who in addition to being a Democrat, is also the author of several faith-based books. Now, the bill "requires each school district to offer specified courses relating to religion, Hebrew Scriptures, & Bible to certain students as elective courses." Students from grades nine through 12 are expected to be offered these elective courses relating to religion.
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I am against this for the fact the Bible is usually not taught properly; without theology or doctrine, but only with the history of it. Generally, it is taught with a slant towards a certain... https://t.co/PNUTjI5GxG
According to a report by The Hill, the bill says that these courses must include "an objective study of religion" and an "objective study of the Bible, including, but not limited to, a course on the Hebrew Scriptures and Old Testament of the Bible; a course on the New Testament of the Bible; and a course on the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament of the Bible, and the New Testament of the Bible." Furthermore, it states, "A student may not be required to use a specific translation of the Hebrew Scriptures or Bible as the sole text for the course."
Apart from the "study of the Bible and religion," the bill also permits every school in the state to allow a "brief meditation period." The state's Department of Education will also be required to add these courses to the Course Code Directory. It further states that school districts must "follow all state and federal laws and guidelines in maintaining religious neutrality and accommodating the diverse religious views, traditions, and perspectives of all students in the school."
"A course offered pursuant to this section may not endorse, favor, or promote or disfavor or show hostility toward a particular religion, religious perspective, or nonreligious faith," it adds. Previously, this year, Daniels had proposed a similar bill that made Bible classes optional. It was approved in an 11-3 vote, and if this newly proposed bill is passed, it will go into effect in July 2020. Last year, Daniels, the founder of Spoken Word Ministries, Word Bible College, Kimberly Daniels Ministries International, was successful in making the state's motto "In God We Trust" be displayed in every public school in Florida.
People had mixed reactions to this Bill and took to social media to express their views. @md06john316 supportively wrote: I'm amazed that a Democrat would support this idea, but it is a good one for the Greatest State of Florida, so I support it. We need to have more Bible study and prayer in the schools. Make the Commandments Great Again!! Another @JesusFo37992662 added: Good for her! I actually support this Democrats push for this. After all, the religion of evolution is taught nationwide and it’s only a theory that’s a couple hundred years old. However, there were some who didn't approve of this bill. @AnArtfulPenguin begged to differ. He noted: Hmm. Separation of church & state? EXCEPT when a politician pushes their beliefs on others. A #bible class isn't appropriate in public schools. Simple as that. History of ALL religions. OK.