A state Senate committee Thursday approved legislation creating an elective high school Bible literacy course. It also approved a reform bill that would ultimately repeal academic standards based on the controversial Common Core.
The committee approved Senate Bill 138, which would create an elective social studies class on the Bible.
Sponsored by state Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, its intent is to teach students biblical content, characters and narratives that help with understanding today’s society and culture, including literature, art, music, and public policy.
“You would be remiss if you didn’t include the Bible’s impact on the law and the history of our country and where we are in the world today,” Webb told the Herald-Leader.
The course would have to follow all federal and state laws in maintaining religious neutrality and accommodating diverse religious views of students. The course could not endorse or show disfavor toward any particular religion, religious perspective or faith.
A similar bill was passed in the Senate in 2016 but failed in the state House of Representatives.
The Kentucky Council of Churches opposes the bill, in part out of concern that public school teachers may not be in the best role to teach religious education.