By: Scripps National
Last week, Florida Rep. Kim Daniels (D) proposed a bill to require Bible Study as an elective class at public schools throughout the state.
The bill called for an objective study of religion and of the Holy Bible, a book that is more than 2,000 years old.
President Donald Trump supports the idea of Bible literacy classes, according to a tweet he published on Monday.
Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
Florida is not alone in having proposals for Bible-related courses. North Dakota has a proposal by Republican lawmakers which is being opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union, according to Fox News. The ACLU believes there should be religious neutrality and "diverse religious views, traditions and perspectives" must be accommodated in class offerings.
Daniels' bill is receiving criticism from some who think it will be difficult to find experts to teach the classes at the high school level, Fox reports.
Lawmakers say there is a way the courses can be taught that remains objective without preaching.
There are at least six states with current proposals for Bible literacy course options in public schools.
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