Bill calls for Bible study classes at public schools

Bill calls for Bible study classes at public schools (Reporter: Jon Erickson)

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Public schools could offer a Bible study class under a bill sponsored by a local lawmaker.

State Senator Norman W. Richardson (R – Arapahoe) is among a group of state senators sponsoring the "Bible Study Elective" bill.

The proposal calls to empower local boards of education to offer a high school class on the Bible.

"I'm all for it," said Angie Ireland, whose daughter attends Pamlico County High School.

"I think religion is the most important thing in life," Ireland said.

But the parent of two New Bern High School students sees it differently.

"The public school, in my mind, is not the place for [Bible study]," said Tanya Roberts.

The bill says a Bible course would be offered for class credit, but could not "endorse, favor or promote, or disfavor or show hostility toward any particular religion, nonreligious faith, or religious perspective."

Sanderson's office said he was not available for comment.

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