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Bill would add Bible study at NC public schools


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A new bill could allow students to study the Bible in North Carolina schools. No student would be required to take the class. It would be offered as an elective.

The bill would allow students to earn elective credits toward graduation. The course would focus on the Old Testament and the New Testament or a combination of both. The bill filed would allow bible study as an elective in public high schools.

Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) is a co-sponsor of the bill.

"It's a historic document," Goolsby said. "It's a very important text for our children to study and learn."

Goolsby says we should not deny our kids the opportunity to learn about the Bible if they want to.

We also spoke with New Hanover County School Board Chair Don Hayes. Both men think that the majority of people will support the bill.

"I think it would be a good idea, so that way it would give a choice if you wanted to take it, and it wouldn't offend anybody, because you would be taking what you wanted to take, and they would be taking the option not to take it," Sonya Smith, a supporter of the bill, said.

But not everyone agrees. Similar religious courses offered in public schools around the country have been a cause of concern. Many people think there should be a separation of church and state.

"The separation of church and state I thoroughly believe in," said Robert Kelly, who's against the bill. "There's way too much religious influence in our society today."

Kelly said sometimes a good thing can be a bad thing.

If the bill passes, school systems will have the option to implement the course or not. As for those who still have concerns, a dozen lawmakers in the GOP controlled Senate have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, including three Democrats.

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The only place religion should be taught in school is in Literature class. Isn't that where you study fiction?


It is time to start a recall and save NC "Constitutional separation of church and state"

It's Really Very Simple



you are one of the misguided people that voted for this crook so your comments don't mean squat to me. You probably came from some other state anyway. Me, I prefer to stay here and do what I can to get this state back on the right track again.


Kids are falling behind in math and science but they offer classes on fantasy and myths. Lets see how many jobs that will get them.

Bible Study in School

They are not required to take the classes. Those that do will benefit from them.

Bible study

I most certainly believe in God but bible study is taught every week in church for free-no tax dollars involved-I grew up in church & going to bible study every week. Why use tax dollars on bible study when there are kids going to school hungry, sick because their parents can't afford it all when basic necessities continue to increase. There is so much the politicians can do for the schools beside include bible study that's already taught in every church in the nation.

Um, don't we have more

Um, don't we have more important REAL things of life to teach our children in elective classes in school? Hell, if you can make an elective course out of a fictional book why not make the Hobbit an elective course also? You'd have tons of successful students in that class.

Religion in schools

As long as they give equal time to the Jewish faith and the Moslem faith, then I'm all for it. Make it truly a class on religions and not just the bible and maybe the next generation won't be so afraid of people that worship differently than they do.
Remember that public schools and parochial schools are two different things.

1953 again!!!

I remember back during my elementary school days, many children came to school barefooted, dressed in dirty looking clothes with no lunch money. My daddy was a big dog, I had new jeans, shoes and my lunch money was paid in advance. However, It was a terrible time with so many moms and dads with little money, low pay or had to sell a crop to get the kids caught up.
I mention this because we seem here in NC to be headed back in that direction. The Republicans have been in control about two months and all they can find to work on is firing every state board member, take the word education from the lottery, diminish the lottery advertising so fewer will play and refuse the Medicaid option of Obama Care (which 8 republican govs have just accepted?)and are working the night away on teaching the old and new testament. Brilliant!!!
Couldn't they find a little time for unemployment needs, since they just cut back on benefits they might put a little effort toward job creation. Maybe gas tax could get a little attention. Whats NC doing about the sequestration issue. Burr just stays in Washington sitting on his hands until Mcain and Graham tell him what to do. Wonder if he has an idea or even cares about how much we will be hurt if the defense budget gets hit next week. So far McCory has been a joke and is making North Carolina look regressive.
You Repubs got the ball now. Were waiting for an intelligent decision.
You blasted Purdue at every opportunity now coming out of the gate you seem pitiful!!!

Yes thank you Mr Obama for

Yes thank you Mr Obama for Obama Care. Be cause of ObamaCare my hour have been cut so they don't have to pay me benefits, that is benefit I don't want and I don't need and next year I will be force on Medicare which is going to cost me more than my private insurance and the coverage isn't as good. Please Mr Obama stop helping me. I can't afford much more of your help.
By the way there is nothing in the Constitution that says separation of church and state. What it says is "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Thank you GuestNow..

Thank you GuestNow. Pay attention liberals and read GuestNow's post, especially the second paragraph.


The constitution however is not interpreted by the administration nor the Congress its interpreted by the 3rd "wing" of our perfect union - the Judiciary.
They are the ones that ruled on separation of church and State in 1949(?) and in subsequent ruling since then.
Removal of God, the Ten Commandments and other testaments to our religious beliefs were removed NOT by a political party or political leaning it was by a Judge or set of judges.
And when you call a jurist "conservative" meaning strict constitutionalist - be careful, because they WILL uphold the previous decisions because they are in fact "constitutional". These rulings have transcended Dem/GOP liberal/conservative thinking and appointees.
Anyone wishing to blame a liberal for removing God from our schools needs to read some legal findings....


While you're giving thanks,

While you're giving thanks, give thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts (a republican appointee by they way), he is the one that made all this possible for you (no one can deny that) with his vote for "Obamacare" as you call it....had he voted with the other republicans and not against them there would be no Obamacare so give credit where credit is due!!

Bible school

Dear God!


Will they also offer classes based entirely on Harry Potter, Twilight, Dante's Inferno, etc...? I can buy them offering the class because of the historical significance the bible played in the shaping of history, but then you must also offer this up to other books that have done the same.

I think this is a great

I think this is a great idea. Its an option which means those who do not have an interest do not have to take it and those that do are allowed to learn more about the bible. I do not see why it should be an issue since it will be a choice for an elective class. Thank God......

Doesn't have to be a problem

It's not required so I don't see an issue as long as the bill makes provisions for students of other faiths to study the Torah, Quran, Vedas and even L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology dribble.

Heck, I'll make it easy just offer the major world religions.


bible study

That is wonderful Christ should have never been taken out of the school.Soon as In God we trust was removed it openend the door for trouble... Without Christ none of would be here.

what a


“I like your Christ, I do

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

-------M K Gandhi

Bible class

God was never taken out of school at all. Kids are welcome to pray to whatever god they choose or no god at all. There can be no organized school prayer. My students may silently pray all they want.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, please don't spew that falsity that the earth is 6,000 years old. The earth is over 4 billion years old and evolution and natural selection have been verified by scientific tests over and over. Evolution is the reason behind the wonderful diversity of life here on earth.

Bible school

Horse feathers