Kentucky Board of Education approves standards for teaching the Bible in public schools.

By | 2018-06-12T11:57:27+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Categories: News, Religion|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

Courtesy of the Courier-Journal:

The Kentucky Board of Education unanimously approved standards Wednesday for the state’s controversial Bible literacy classes.

The classes were criticized this year by the American Civil Liberties Union as an unconstitutional promotion of Christianity and Sunday school-style “religious life lessons,” and the organization sent a letter to the state requesting that it develop clear guidance for teachers.

The classes were born out of a bill passed last year by the legislature creating state regulations for public high schools to offer elective literature courses on the Bible and Hebrew Scriptures. The bill reads that students will be given the opportunity to “explore the Bible’s relevance to contemporary society and culture.”

I know what you are thinking, “Oh come on Gryphen, a simple Bible literacy class does not mean they are trying to indoctrinate children into Christianity.”

Really?

In its January letter to the board, the ACLU of Kentucky said it obtained course material from some school districts and had found some classes were being taught as a devotional study, rather than literature.

In some cases, students were assigned to memorize Bible verses, it said. In other instances, students were asked “What are some promises in the Bible that God gives to everyone who believes in him?” or assigned to “do your best to develop close relationships with other Christians.”

Some worksheets and other material appeared to have come from Sunday school websites and in one county, students viewed religious videos promoting Christianity such as “God is Not Dead 2.”

If it looks like indoctrination and sounds like indoctrination, there’s a good chance that it IS indoctrination. 

And here’s the thing.

If people were REALLY to teach a class about the Bible which contained information about the First Council of Nicaea, the number of mistranslations that pepper the modern bible, and talk about the times that the book contradicts itself, it might actually be an educational enterprise. 

The same would hold true if the class contained honest comparisons between Christianity and other religions, as well as talked about their origin stories and how each liberally borrowed from all of the others. 

But this is Kentucky, so I am guessing that doing any of the above would be considered just as blasphemous as telling you not to marry your own sister. 

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5 Comments

  1. Chris June 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Here’s a verse to memorize for class. “Exodus 21:20-21 – “If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.”

  2. Rolex June 12, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Chris,
    The second part assumes the slave didn’t die, but was injured.

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  4. anonymous June 12, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Lamashtu
    “Origin: Sumerian and Mesopotamian mythology
    Also known as: DimmeLamashtu is a heinous, terrifying, demoness. She is said to menace women throughout and after the end of their pregnancies. She is routinely said to kidnap infants while they’re breastfeeding; she would suck their blood, and chew on their bones. Add to that the fact that her other hobbies included: Infesting rivers and lakes, killing crops and other plants, sucking the blood of men, creating sleep-disturbances, spreading diseases and illnesses, and bringing nightmares. And, unlike most demons from Mesopotamian mythology, she didn’t answer to anyone; not any god, or man, or any part of any divine hierarchy. So evil was Lamashtu, that pregnant women and their loved ones would routinely summon the demon, Pazuzu, to protect them. For the uninitiated, Pazuzu was the demon made famous by the, “The Exorcist” movies! Allegedly, Pazuzu and Lamashtu were fierce rivals, who would attack each other at any chance. While Pazuzu was known for bringing famines and droughts, soon-to-be-mothers were so afraid of Lamashtu, that they were willing to take the risk! That means that, yes, Linda Blair’s performance in “The Exorcist” was nothing compared to the wrath of Lamashtu! Lamashtu is usually described as a “mythological hybrid”, with the head of a lioness, the teeth and ears of a donkey, the feet of a bird (complete with sharp talons), as well as a hairy body, and long, sharp fingers and fingernails. She is usually depicted nursing a dog and a pig and holding snakes, while standing or kneeling on a donkey! Subtle, isn’t it?”

    Belphegor
    “Origin: Christian demonology and Kabbalic mythologyBelphegor is absolutely unbelievable. He got his start in Assyria, many, many years ago. He was first called Baal-Peor, and he was associated with orgies, and other types of lewdness. The Israelites worshiped him, in the form of a phallic (penis-shaped) idol. Later on, in Kabbalic mythology, he was a demon who made people paranoid of each other, and who would seduce them with money and overall wealth. Needless to say, it was hard to summon Baal-Peor, because he required the sacrifice of human excrement! In the 16th Century, he changed his name to Belphegor, and changed his strategy (somewhat). He pretty much threw away the idea of causing mutual mistrust in people, and instead…focused on inventions. He would “suggest” crazy (yet plausible) inventions to people, and then use their greed to his (and their) advantage when they became successful. According to legend, Belphegor was sent to Earth from Hell to either justify of disprove the rumors that marriage can result in happiness. Finding no evidence that happiness is possible in a marriage (now, there’s a surprise), he chose to stay on Earth. He is notable for two bizarre attributes: He is believed to be physically, mentally, and strategically strongest in the month of April, and he either was or is Hell’s/Satan’s ambassador to France. Belphegor also played an role in Milton’s book, “Paradise Lost”. He is either depicted as a hideous, bearded demon with horns and claws, or a beautiful young woman.”

    Aka Manah
    “Origin: Zoroastrian mythology
    Also known as: Akem Manah, Akoman, AkvanHis name means “manah made evil”; in this case, the word “manah” represents “the mind”. Many refer to him as the demon of “evil intention”, “evil mind”, “evil purpose”, or “evil thinking”. His job: To prevent people from fulfilling their moral duties (.i.e.: being a good parent, saving a life, etc.).”

    ‘corrupt servants of God’$

  5. Anonymous June 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    And this is the state that does not welcome MOH as their golden boy. Imagine that!

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