Governor Matt Bevin recently signed the ‘Bible Literacy Bill’ into law, which went into effect on Friday, June 30th of 2017 according to NBC News. The bill has been controversial given the separation between church and state expectations, but Bevin believes this could be very beneficial even for those who are not believers.
Bevin commented on the newly passed law, “The idea that we would not want this to be an option for people in school, that would be crazy. I don’t know why every state would not embrace this, why we as a nation would not embrace this.”
The Bible Literacy Bill specifically allows public schools to teach a social studies elective, which covers the basics of the Holy Bible. The law states that the course will provide the following information: “Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible, the New Testament, or a combination of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the Bible.”
The purpose of the bill is to inform students about the impact the bible has had on our history and culture. Republican State Representative D.J. Johnson, a co-sponsor of the bill, said, “[Whether] you believe that it’s the word of God or you think it’s complete fiction, you can’t deny the impact it’s had on our culture.”
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This law acts as a huge breakthrough for Christians, given recent circumstances of students being shamed for reading their bible and praying on school properties. The beautiful thing is, children in families who otherwise wouldn't have had the chance to hear God's word, will now have the opportunity to do so. Would you love to see this law be passed in all states?
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