Kentucky’s public schools will be able to openly teach the Bible in the classroom starting this Friday. Gov. Matt Bevin has just signed House Bill 128 which gives local school boards the power to create a Bible literacy class, according to KWQC.
The bill’s sponsor have asserted their view that students must understand the role the Bible has played in setting the foundation for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The scriptures “really did set the foundation that our founding fathers used to develop documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights,” said Rep. DJ Johnson, according to The Independent.
But the American Civil Liberties Union is concerned about the style of teaching. “We want to make sure that teachers can teach and make sure that they don’t go in to preach,” ACLU Advocacy Director Kate Miller said.
“You could be an atheist, and you would appreciate there’s a lot of wisdom in the Bible,” said Gov. Bevin.