Despite failure after failure, the Christian Fundamentalists keep trying to bring their god into the classroom.  As widely followed in the news, the Intelligent Design proponents have failed thus far in their attempts to teach theology in science class.  Less widely reported but just as disturbing is a new tact by the conservative Christians to impose their views on our society.

It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but the NCBCPS (or National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools) is pushing hard on several fronts to

“…serve the public through educational efforts concerning a First Amendment right and religious freedom issue. This is to bring a state certified Bible course (elective) into the public high schools nationwide.

That’s right folks.  Christian doctrine is being forced on our children in the guise of education.  They claim :

The central approach of the class is simply to study the Bible as a foundation document of society, and that approach is altogether appropriate in a comprehensive program of secular education.

On the surface, this seems reasonable, and it perhaps could actually be reasonable if it were being used in a philosophy class in conjunction with other important historical texts, BUT a closer examination of their site quickly indicates their real motives.  Statements like

The world is watching to see if we will be motivated to impact our culture, to deal with the moral crises in our society, and reclaim our families and children.

and

There has been a great social regression since the Bible was removed from our schools.

clearly show that the motivation is to IMPOSE THEIR CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS!  That is blatant hypocrisy in action.  I guess lies and deception are OK if you’re doing God’s work…

This is wrong on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to begin.  Rather than get into all of the different issues, lets just look at one basic assertion that they are making – that one needs to study (and by extension, live by) the Christian scripture in order to live with high moral standards.  I find this extremely insulting as should every non-Christian across this country!

Is this just a small movement with no chance of success? No.  If the following claim that they make is true, we are in real trouble folks:

To date, our Bible curriculum has been voted into 462 school districts (over 1,900 high schools) in 38 states. Over 210,000 students have already taken this course nationwide, on the high school campus, during school hours, for credit.

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