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    Georgia OKs Bible Classes, Commandments

    By SHANNON McCAFFREY, Associated Press Writer

    ATLANTA - Georgia became what is believed to be the first state to offer government-sanctioned elective classes on the Bible, with Gov. Sonny Perdue signing a bill into law Thursday.

    The governor also signed a bill permitting the display of the Ten Commandments at courthouses, an issue that has raised thorny constitutional questions.

    Critics say the measures blur the line between church and state. National civil rights groups said they want to see how the laws are implemented before deciding whether to challenge them in court.

    The Bible is already incorporated into classes in Georgia and other states, and some local school districts have passed measures permitting classes devoted solely to the Bible. But education analysts say the law in Georgia is the first time a state government has endorsed such courses.

    The new law allows elective classes on the Bible to be taught to high school students. Local school systems will decide whether to teach the courses.

    The state Education Department has until February to craft curriculums. The law requires that the courses be taught "in an objective and nondevotional manner with no attempt made to indoctrinate students."

    The state's new Ten Commandments law was prompted by controversy over the posting of the commandments at the Barrow County Courthouse. A federal judge ordered the display removed in July.

    Backers of the law made clear they were trying to craft a statute that would survive any constitutional challenges.

    In a split decision last June, the U.S. Supreme Court declared exhibits of the Ten Commandments constitutional if their main purpose was to honor the nation's legal, rather than religious, traditions, and if they didn't promote one religious sect over another.

    Both bills passed the state Legislature by comfortable margins.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060420/ap_on_re_us/bible_bills
     
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    That's probably not true. Bible reading and prayer were used in school daily all over the country until halfway through last century.

    But, other than that, I think it's great. People should have an opportunity to study this if they choose.
     
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    So long as no child is forced to take the class, and that another class isn't bumped out of the curriculum to accomodate for it, I could care less.
     
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    Ok, in honesty I do not believe that the bible should be part of public school curriculum. With that said, which is more challenging to 3rd graders, Genesis or talking vegetables? Which builds self esteem, not to mention vocabulary?
     
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    Georgia hits TWO homeruns this week!

    *the first was the illegal Legislation*
    Wait!
    GRAND SLAM!

     
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    What a waste of money.
    We ask for small government and get stuck with big religion.
     
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    Your opinion. I say, "Hooray for GA!" Long time coming!
     
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    Exactly what is wrong with allowing people to electively choose to study the Bible?
     
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    Actually, this shrinks the government, as it prevents the government from restricting the rights of high school students to take a class on a book that has actually proven to be historically accurate and has had more of an impact on western society than any other book in history.
     
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    Why dont you stick to your whining on local boards in Indiana I think they spend a lot of time ripping you a new one. Besides your not here for debate your just here to insight.....
     

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