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Texas wants religion in school

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 29, 2007 | 12:08 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been sent a bill that would allow students to express religious beliefs in homework, artwork and other assignments without being penalized or rewarded because of their faith. Instead, their work would be graded on “traditional academic standards,” according to AP.

“We are allowing our young people to express their faith, whatever that faith is,” said Rep. Larry Phillips, a Sherman Republican.

Two months ago, Time magazine had a great article titled “The Case for Teaching the Bible,” that opened in Texas.  This new discussion of the Bible as literature—something I studied at UCLA—follows the failed attempt in Pennsylvania to teach “intelligent design” as a counterpoint to Darwinian evolution. (A little background here.)

All of this, of course, is part of the ongoing debate about how much God is appropriate in public schools, a constant battle since the Supreme Court outlawed school prayer and developed the Lemon test in 1971. As religion? As history? As artistic inspiration?

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