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Brewer signs bill to allow course on Bible

A bill to allow public high schools in Arizona to offer an elective high school course on the Bible and its role in Western culture is now Arizona law.

Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed legislation requiring the state Board of Education to design a curriculum for schools to teach if they choose.

Rep. Terri Proud, a Tucson Republican who sponsored the legislation, says a class like this is necessary because references to the Bible are found everywhere.

Public schools across the country have generally avoided Bible courses, but hundreds offer such classes as electives.

At least five other states have passed legislation similar to the Arizona proposal.

Critics say a class that focuses on Christianity could be unconstitutional.

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  1. Yet another unfunded mandate from the hypocritical, extremist Republicans.
    Terri and other ill-informed members of the Arizany kookocracy operate under the fallacy that America was founded on Christianity even though there is no mention of it in the Constitution. Here’s what our founding fathers said about religion (they were mostly deists and Freemasons):

    “Question with boldness even the existence of a god.” – Thomas Jefferson (letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787)

    Where do we find a precept in the Bible for Creeds, Confessions, Doctrines and Oaths, and whole carloads of other trumpery that we find religion encumbered with in these days?” – John Adams

    “Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon, than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.” – Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason, 1794-1795.)

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