Panel approves Bible classes for public schools

Associated Press - 2/21/2010 4:25:00 AM FRANKFORT, KY - Kentucky may follow the lead of Texas and other states in allowing Bible classes to be taught in public schools.

Kentucky's Senate Education Committee has unanimously approved legislation that would effectively return the Bible to the state's classrooms.

Democratic state Sen. David Boswell of Owensboro is sponsoring the legislation, which he said is modeled after a measure approved by Texas lawmakers some two years ago.

Boswell said he believes the legislation is constitutional because the Bible will be taught from a literary perspective, not a religious one. He said it calls for teaching, not preaching, the Bible.

The proposed Bible courses would be offered as electives, meaning schools could choose whether to offer them as a social studies credit and students could decide whether to take them.