Bill would mandate all West Virginia schools to offer Bible courses

A bill proposed in the West Virginia state Senate would require all schools in the state to offer an elective course on the Bible, WHSV reported Monday.

The elective course would have to be offered in both private and public schools, and could be taught on either the Bible or Hebrew scriptures.

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The courses would "teach students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture,” according to the legislation.

Laws about “religion neutrality” would have to be followed in implementing the classes, “while accommodating the diverse religious views of students," the bill reads.

Students would also be able to use a translation of the Bible of their choice while taking the course.

The bill, sponsored by state Sens. Mike Azinger (R) and Sue Cline (R), has been sent to the Senate's education committee. No date has been set for debate on the bill.