Optional Bible Lesson in Schools Offered by Mississippi Legislature

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) — Bible studies could find their way into the Mississippi curriculum as electives.

Other states are introducing bills to incorporate the offer. President Trump tweeted about it on Monday, saying he thought it was great.

“As a choice,” said the bill’s author, Rep. Tom Miles-D. “It also indicates that it must comply with all state and federal laws.”

House Bill 1403 would require Mississippi school districts to offer Bible classes to high school students. As Miles noted, it would only be offered as an option.

“We’re not forcing this on anyone,” Miles said. “We’re not trying to harass anyone with the Bible or try to baptize anyone or do anything they don’t want to do.”

Kentucky passed a similar bill in 2017, and it’s what prompted voters in Miles to reach out and demand the same in Magnolia State. But not everyone seems to think that’s a good idea.

“Do they teach all religions? asked Richard Lawrence. “Or do they only teach one religion?” There are over 300 religions, so unless they teach over 300 types of religion, but I really don’t see the point of that.

Other people I interviewed saw where this could cause controversy, but still support it.

“It might be offensive to some people because some people believe in other religions, Islam or whatever,” Clifton Clancy said. “Everyone believes in what they believe in, but I just think overall if they have something that is about God, it couldn’t hurt.

Rep. Miles says his intention in tabling the bill is for it to be structured like a history lesson, rather than something like a Sunday school class.

The House bill has been sent to the education committee and faces a deadline on Tuesday.

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