Texas Bible course: "NASA says earth stood still"
The Bible and other holy books belong in public school libraries and I have no objection to the rigorous academic study of any text in a public school. But this is utterly beyond the pale:
Bible Course Becomes a Test for Public Schools in Texas [NYT permalink]
HOUSTON, July 31 - When the school board in Odessa, the West Texas oil town, voted unanimously in April to add an elective Bible study course to the 2006 high school curriculum, some parents dropped to their knees in prayerful thanks that God would be returned to the classroom, while others assailed it as an effort to instill religious training in the public schools.
The "balance" of the article is amusing. Half the room prostrates itself in religious ecstacy and the reporter notes that some people worry that the resolution might be have something to do with proselytizing. Kevin Drum agrees, describing the article as a virtual showcase of the worst that journalism has to offer.
The article continues:
But a growing chorus of critics says the course, taught by local teachers trained by the council, conceals a religious agenda. The critics say it ignores evolution in favor of creationism and gives credence to dubious assertions that the Constitution is based on the Scriptures, and that "documented research through NASA" backs the biblical account of the sun standing still.
Update: Amanda, a native of West Texas, has a unique perspective on this story.