The Christian Post website reports today (February 11, 2011) that the Kentucky Senate passed a bill by a vote of 34-1 this week to add Bible classes to the curriculum in public schools.
The measure directs the Kentucky Board of Education to create guidelines on a curriculum around the Bible. According to the measure, students would be able to take a Bible course as a social studies elective centered on Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible, the New Testament, or a combination of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the Bible.
Sen. Joe Bowen (R-Owensboro) -- sponsor of the bill -- said the purpose of the legislation is Bible literacy.
Bowen added that the intention is to acquaint students with a book that has tremendous impact on American society and Western culture.