President Trump is applauding some states’ efforts to add Bible literacy classes to public schools’ curriculums.
President Trump is applauding some states' efforts to add Bible literacy classes to public schools' curriculums. "Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible," he said via Twitter on Monday. "Starting to make a turn back? Great!" According to USA Today, the American Civil Liberties Union reports that this year, lawmakers "in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia" have introduced bills for the inclusion of the courses. Notably, similar legislation proposed last year in Iowa and Alabama did not pass. The question of whether such courses violate the First Amendment and its guarantee that the government will not give preference to one religion over another has been raised, notes USA Today. Unlike comparative religion classes, the ones being proposed focus only on the Bible and its historical context, reports the Washington Post. It does not appear classes devoted to the history and teachings of religions outside of the Judeo-Christian tradition are included in the legislative efforts.