Iowa high school students could soon have the option of taking a Bible literacy course that focuses on the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament. The bill, introduced by Rep. Skyler Wheeler, Rep. Dean Fisher, and 10 other Republicans, would direct the state’s Department of Education to prepare material and train teachers on how to teach the elective course.
“This bill allows school districts to offer students a course in Bible literacy as long as it is taught in an academic sense, rather than devotional,” Rep. Wheeler wrote in nwestiowa.com. “Basically, I want to give students the opportunity to study the Bible from the perspective of its impact on history and culture,” Rep. Dean Fisher told the Des Moines Register. Wheeler adds the bill has strong support in both the House and the Senate. READ MORE