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Kentucky puts focus on Bible with new laws, executive action

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It seems that in most public schools in the US any mention of the Bible is being suppressed. That isn't the case in Kentucky.


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Having declared 2017 the Year of the Bible, Gov. Matt Bevin has now signed two bills into law to make clear to teachers and administrators that Scripture is welcome in Kentucky public schools.


Bevin signed legislation into law on Tuesday to allow school kids to take Bible literacy classes as electives. The law directs the Kentucky Department of Education to develop policies that allow public schools to offer Bible courses.


That was one of dozens of bills signed by Bevin on Tuesday.


Last month, the governor signed a bill into law clarifying that students can express religious and political viewpoints in public schools and on college campuses without interference from administrators.


State Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, sponsor that legislation after a Johnson County elementary schools removed biblical references from a presentation of “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Carol.”


The law affirms rights that were already in place, but that had been misunderstood by some teachers and administrators.


Robinson said he’s felt the legislation was necessary to make clear to educators that biblical references are in no way forbidden from campuses.


Having seen so many students and teachers needlessly hurt by administrators who misunderstood religious liberty protections already in place, I believe these new laws will go a long way to clear misconceptions,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director of the 750,000-member Kentucky Baptist Convention. “I’m glad that Gov. Bevin and lawmakers have enacted these laws to make clear that the Bible is perfectly acceptable on school campuses and in classrooms.”


Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, said Bible classes are popular among Kentucky students in schools where they’re already offered. And, Carroll said, “the sky didn’t fall” because the Bible was being used as a school textbook.


Sen. C. B. Embry, R-Morgantown, said children need a basic understanding of the Bible.


“I don’t think there is another document in the history of our culture that has had more impact on our culture, our society or our values than the Bible,” Embry said.


The measure had backing from most of the Democrats in the Republican-led Senate, including Robin Webb of Grayson.


“This gives some level of protection to the districts that do this, because it will provide a framework to pass constitutional muster and scrutiny, and requires the Kentucky Department of Education to conform to federal law,” she said.


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This is absolutely great news ever! My redundant expression of joy in one sentence! This good news is also one of expression of our God-given freedom to truth and expression of that knowledge of truth.


But we need to be careful and wise in our use of our empowerment to religious freedom. First is speaking the truth "keeping our lips from speaking guile."


We are accountable for allowing individual choice to investigate, study, understand and internalize for themselves to frame their own beliefs and faith.


Thus, the end of the matter is: "This is the end of the matter. All has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man."


I fully agree with Solomon's wisdom.

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