I suspect that if a public school wanted to incorporate an elective course on the Koran, Christians would be on the set of Fox & Friends howling in righteous indignation. But for Steve Doocy, allowing a bible course, developed by the uber Christian wing no-slut-pills-for-you Hobby Lobby president, seems to be just fine.
Monday morning, Doocy welcomed Oklahoma State Senator Kyle Loveless who is proposing a bill that would shield the Oklahoma school system from any liability in the event that they are sued for providing bible courses as an elective. Doocy reported that Oklahoma schools will soon be allowing "religion studies in the classroom" if his guest "gets his way." Doocy explained that the bible course, created by uber Christian Hobby Lobby head Steve Green, has been criticized for violating the separation of church and state.
In introducing Loveless, as a politician who wants to "put Jesus" teachings in Oklahoma schools, Doocy actually validated the concerns of those who oppose what they consider to be a religious curriculum. Doocy cited Green's past appearance on Fox & Friends during which he spoke about his bible curriculum to a gushing Doocy.
Loveless provided some of the back story to his legislation. He spoke about how a school district offered Green's curriculum; but "under threat" of a lawsuit they never implemented it. Loveless explained that his bill will give the schools "flexibility" to offer the class while being protected from a lawsuit. Doocy asked Loveless to respond to concerns that the course "promotes Christianity." While Loveless attempted to say that this was just hogwash, because the class would be about the "literary and historical impact" of the bible, the chyron seemed to validate the concerns: "Lesson in Religion, Class Would Teach Historical Aspects of Bible."
Doocy, who earlier said that this was about Jesus' teaching, demonstrated his depth of idiocy: "It's not like it's a bible study class, you'd have on a Sunday morning at your church, it's the history of the Bible that's impacted millions of people for thousands of years." Loveless agreed: "It's more about the importance of the Bible, the historical impact" and not a "Sunday school type of class. The chyron reminded us that nasty atheists are involved: "Collision Course, Atheist Group and School Clash Over Bible Class."
What you didn't learn on Fox & Friends: Green's supposedly non-religious curriculum is decidedly Christian. For one thing, it presupposes that the Bible is a true story. According to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, it is "rife with Christian bias" such as the statement that "when humans rest and stop working on the Sabbath, they are actually imitating God.” Students are also told that sinners will "suffer the consequeces of disobeying God."
Sounds like Sharia to me - oh, wait, doesn't Oklahoma have a law against that. Whew.....
But hey…if you want to teach this in schools, I guess I’d have no problem if it was part of some sort of “ancient fiction” course.