Idaho Governor Vetoes Bill Permitting Bible as Reference in Public Schools

OtterBOISE, Idaho — The Republican governor of Idaho has vetoed a bill that would permit the Bible to be used a for reference purposes in public school classrooms out of concern that it could result in a lawsuit.

“I have deep respect and appreciation for the Bible as religious doctrine as well as a piece of historic literature,” Gov. Butch Otter wrote in a letter accompanying the veto. “However, allowing S1342 to become law is a direct contravention to the Idaho Constitution and it could result for the loss of funding and costly litigation for Idaho public schools.”

As previously reported, S.B. 1342 was introduced earlier this year by the Senate Education Committee at the urging of Sen. Cheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, who also works as a high school teacher.

“The Bible is expressly permitted to be used in Idaho public schools for reference purposes to further the study of literature, comparative religion, English and foreign languages, United States and world history, comparative government, law, philosophy, ethics, astronomy, biology, geology, world geography, archaeology, music, sociology, and other topics of study where an understanding of the Bible may be useful or relevant,” the bill read as introduced.

It also noted that “[n]o student will be required to use any religious texts for reference purposes if the student or parents of the student object.”

The Committee later agreed unanimously to add a clarifier to the bill to outline that it also applies to other religious literature, and also to strike “astronomy, biology, geology” from the text of the proposal so that it cannot be interpreted as allowing the teaching of Creation in public school.

Following agreement on the amendments, the bill passed the full Senate by a 31-3 vote, and later was likewise approved by the House 54-15. The legislation was sent to Otter’s desk on March 24, where it remained until he issued his veto on April 5—the final day he was permitted to act.

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“S1342 violates the Idaho Constitution,” Otter wrote, pointing to a section that reads, “No sectarian or religious tenants or doctrines shall ever be taught in the public schools … No books, papers, tracts or documents of a political, sectarian or denominational character shall be used or introduced in any schools … nor shall any teacher or any district receive any of the public school monies in which the schools have not been taught in accordance with the provisions of this article.”

Nuxoll expressed her disappointment in Otter’s veto.

“People with last names like Washington, Adams, and Madison blatantly identified the Bible as that reference point. They feared not having it would result in corruption and misuse of taxpayer funds. Are they right?” she asked.

“I am disappointed in the Governor’s decision, although not too surprised,” also remarked Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Dixon. “S1342 was thoroughly vetted by both the House and the Senate, and passed each body overwhelmingly. Often good legislation is avoided because of what might happen, and the will of the people, through their representatives, is thereby ignored.”

“The Bible, in particular, is indispensable to correctly understanding the foundations of Western government and law,” he stated. “I will continue to advocate the merits of this bill in the future.”


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  • TheBottomline4This

    As a Christian I don’t think the Bible should be in Public Schools as a Reference because any more than religious organizations will insist that their books be allowed too. There is usually no one to properly show that the only true source of God is the Bible, so there would be problems. There are plenty of other ways to share the Bible then give it a spot on some Public School shelf that would only misuse it.

    • Semp

      Sure, you’re a Christian. Sure you are…

      • TheBottomline4This

        Why do you say that??

    • Guest

      Correct. By allowing the Bible’s use as a reference it would open it up to incontestable secular analysis. A student could write an entire paper on how the Bible was superstition and foolishness and as long as it was technically well written the teacher would have to give them a good grade. Christian students would have to sit as a fellow student giving a classroom presentation held their holy book up in the same category as the Illiad and the Oddessey or Grimm’s Fairy Tales and couldn’t stop them.

      And it would open the backdoor to classroom evangelism for other religions too since allowing the Bible will allow the Koran, the Torah, and any other sect’s beliefs.

      If someone is trying to keep the Bible sacred, allowing its use in a secular setting is just the wrong way to go.

      • TheBottomline4This

        The Bible stands on it’s own. It is and will always be the best selling, most read book in the world. Public School students would just see it as another book beside the lesser ones and not the special Book that it is.

        • Guest

          Exactly and any student could malign it as they see fit and nothing could be done – the book is allowed to be used by any student of any belief.

          Its just a can of worms that the governor wisely chose to avoid.

          • TheBottomline4This

            People malign the Bible whether in the school or out. As for nothing being done about it…well God will deal with them, so they technically won’t get away with anything. I don’t care what the Governor thinks on the issue. It’s just one man’s opinion and his choice isn’t necessarily unselfish.

          • Guest

            Here I thought you were talking about its a good thing it isn’t in the schools. Again, students ridiculing it and being ridiculed because of it in a setting where no point of view can be given supremecy or legitimacy is just setting the Bible up to be demeaned in situations where no one will be able to stop it.

            I would think most parents would want the child’s Biblical exposure to be in settings they had more control over the message, especially until they were old enough to engage in critical thinking.

            The first time a child comes home telling how they were told there is no immortal soul, or Trinity, by a classmate in a paper will get them thinking about the value of such usage.

          • TheBottomline4This

            Don’t mean to confuse you…It is a good thing that the Bible isn’t in Public Schools. Do you think books of faith should be in Public Schools?

          • Guest

            Bibles are in public schools – I was in the library as a kid – they are right there on the shelf along with the Koran, Bhagavad Gita, the writings of Confuscius and Lao Tzu. But to use it as an open ended classroom reference as this law would allow? Just opening it to public ridicule and debasement with no way to prevent it when its happening.

            Not to mention letting people basically evangelize their own interpretation of it no matter what that might be.

          • wandakate

            ONLY JESUS was immortal, only JESUS had immortality. We will NOT receive it until the graves open (at the 7th trumpet) and the scriptures tell us we will all change, right then from mortal to immortal and from corrupt to incorrupt, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the “last trumpet”. And what about the “trinity”. If the real? JESUS went into the garden to pray to His FATHER. Would He have gone there and prayed to Himself? Talk about some critical thinking. Are we even able to do that anymore? JESUS said, “I can do nothing without the FATHER.”
            JESUS and GOD were one in unity and they were on the same page, but were they the same?
            Somehow that is debatable and subject to critical thinking. Perhaps controversial. I’ve heard it’s nothing more than the teachings of the HRCC.

  • Frank Dorka

    He did it, but for the wrong reason. He should have vetoed on the fact that it was directly against the Constitution, instead he vetoed to avoid a costly lawsuit. He had determined that the chances of winning were too slim in the face of former lawsuits. Good. No atheist dollars should go to fund a fight against equality.

  • Cory Collins

    It’s all about the money, isn’t it Governor?

    • acontraryview

      Actually, it’s all about not putting a law into place that violates the state Constitution.

    • Josey

      exactly why they started taking money away from states and their schools. Schools are now told what to teach or not to teach by the federal government, it dumbs down students because of the limitations.

      • wandakate

        And churches are doing the same thing. The 5013C church are all tax exempt. Their pastors can’t talk about any touchy subjects, and certainly NOTHING political. They are like the schools they are now told what to preach and what not to preach by the government. Are they dumbing down their congregations, probably so. The word of GOD there is watered down, added to, and taken away from. Run, run as fast as you can! We here are seeing a Red Flag…

        • Josey

          Those churches should have obeyed and trusted in God’s provision, most of them have ichabod on their doorposts now, Jesus is on the outside. God’s blessings are on the few churches left who rejected the 501C and they are preaching and setting hearts on fire with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, hallelujah, soon and very soon we are going to see our King, hallelujah, hallelujah! Have you ever listened to a pastor lawson on youtube?wonderful man of God and preaches the truth, if you can go listen to him. all my love in Christ sister, can’t wait to meet you in Heaven, love your posts.

    • Cory Youngblood

      Say that when your taxes triple from the lawsuits. What if the bible was in school in Louisiana and you’re a baptist? That would bother you I’m sure because it would be a Catholic bible and you’re a Protestant.

      See?

    • wandakate

      Of course the $$$$$ comes before GOD. Satan is the god of this evil world and Money comes in right behind him. What about all these churches that are 501C3 churches. Tax exempt for the members. They give and then write it off on their taxes, so what did they actually give in dollars? The LORD loves a cheerful giver. It’s usually all about the money as you just said. The governor is more concerned about that than he is about the bible or the truth of the word. Okay, judgment day is going to be coming, and we all will stand at the judgment seat of JESUS CHRIST and account for all of this mess…

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EvidencefortheBible/ Galut1

    It is interesting that often times we bind ourselves by our prior laws and edicts and are obligated to follow those laws and edicts …even in the bible king Darius was convinced to make one of those edicts that couldn’t be broken even by him and he had to follow thru with it ….Daniel Chapter 6 …

    • Josey

      And thank God for Daniel a man of faith and committed to God, no matter what evil was planned or law instituted Daniel obeyed God rather than man. Glory to God!

      • LadyFreeBird♥BlessedBeTheLord

        Yes Glory to God.

      • wandakate

        Well truth is, in the end ONLY the ones who were obedient to GOD will be the ones in the coming Kingdom of GOD (aka heaven). JESUS said, “IF you love me, keep my commandments.” Also, “Not everyone who says to me LORD, LORD will enter the kingdom of GOD, but ONLY the ones who DO the will of the FATHER.” And in Revelation He told us this…”Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to each according to his WORK shall be”.
        Our WORK is related to our deeds, our actions, our allegiance, our commitment, our loyalty, our obedience. They are all in the same family. People of faith and commitment are the ones that are truly following the LORD, all the others are superficial, phony, and hypocrites, and they will fall by the wayside in the end.

        • Josey

          you are right but first our hearts must be made right through faith in Christ’s redeeming and paying the price on the cross for us for it is only through Him that we can follow and obey Him. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me but apart from Him I can do nothing. Our works and obedience follows our faith in Christ. That’s why James the apostle talks about faith w/out works is dead and works w/out faith is dead. Daniel was a prophet and a man of faith. God bless you sister in Christ.

          • wandakate

            YES absolutely our hearts have to be right before we can live for Him and DO His will.
            We are saved by grace, but we will all be judged by our works. Faith and works go hand in hand. Our faith without our works is DEAD! Most Christians says they’re not under any laws, but grace only. NOT TRUE!.
            Once we are saved, we should desire to obey the laws that we are still under which are the Moral Laws of the 10 Commandments. Strange how most Christians believe in certain ones and that they are still valid, but they don’t obey others. They like to pick and choose which ones fit snugly into their lives. JESUS will also pick and choose the saved over the unsaved, the obedient from the disobedient and the workers from the non workers.
            JESUS said, “IF you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Do most Christians do that?
            He also said, “Not everyone who says to me LORD, LORD will enter the kingdom of GOD, but ONLY the ones who DO the will of the FATHER.”
            YES, works matter even if most Christians don’t believe that. They are deceived. JESUS told us in Revelation, “Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to each according to his WORK shall be.”
            Our faith as James told us without the works to back it all up are DEAD.
            Christians don’t like to hear about the LAW, or WORKS, or OBEDIENCE. They want to be in the world and of the world at the same time. However, we were told to be IN the world but NOT of the world. We were to be “set apart” as GOD’s holy people, a peculiar people is what we are.
            Blessings to you.

          • Josey

            You hit the nail on the head sister in Christ, God bless you and cause you to thrive in ministry for His glory and He will provide for you.

          • wandakate

            Trying to hit the nail on the head is not all that complicated, with some common sense and the TRUTH of the bible. I do have a ministry for the glory of the LORD and that is my book ministry as I am a published writer. Working now on the 5th manuscript and have 2 physical books out now with 2 manuscripts in each book, so 4 books wrapped up into 2 for the book shelf. They are more like manuals though as they are the size of typewriter paper. Full color fronts on them with full size pictures and scripture cards inside plus a complete bible study with commentary, a few poems, 2 short stories, some humor and some of my life’s experiences as well. I died in 2001 and the LORD brought me back for this very purpose so I do hope he causes it to thrive for His glory and that others will learn from the words of them and heed them as well. We must put the TRUTH into ACTIONS…
            Thanks for your kind words.

  • robertzaccour

    It is a history book for sure, it even has prophecy.

  • The Last Trump

    Never thought I’d see the day, in MY lifetime, that the Bible would be banned in schools and libraries across America. But, once again, predicted with absolute precision and accuracy by the very book in question! What a heartbreaking shame. You know you no longer live in a free society when mere words and entire books are banned. Particularly THIS one!

    It is no coincidence that the Bible for generations has been regarded with reverence and respect. Bibles once permeated western society from courthouses, schools, and churches to prisons and hotel rooms. The number one book in distribution every single year since books have been in print, this book has stood the test of time and outlasted all of its critics. (Pretty clear that God has done His part in getting the Word out.) Intellectuals across every field throughout the ages were honoured to be considered Christians and held the Bible in highest regard. This monumental book taught generations of mankind law, morality and ethics, virtue and decency, how to love and how to forgive. Where are our children learning these things today?
    The government? HOLLYWOOD!!?
    Explains a lot, doesn’t it?

    Bizarro Amerika. Completely unrecognizable from her former glorious self. Where evil is declared good, and good evil. And any reminder of goodness and truth is summarily BANNED.
    But thank God Almighty, it won’t be long now… 🙂

    • acontraryview

      “that the Bible would be banned in schools and libraries across America”

      The Bible is not banned in any public school or library. Your hyperbole is astounding.

      “This monumental book taught generations of mankind law”

      The Bible is a poor source of information regarding our laws in the US.

      “Where are our children learning these things today? The government? HOLLYWOOD!!?”

      How about their parents?

      “And any reminder of goodness and truth is summarily BANNED.”

      Please cite an example of “goodness and truth” being “BANNED”.

      • peanut butter

        Stop being so ‘contrary’. You make me have to sound like my daddy. That was his favorite sentence… next to ‘dad-burn-it!’ Stop taking up for the offenders.

    • gizmo23

      You need the government to prop up your faith? The government needs to teach your kids morals? For years the USA kept slaves and killed natives. Is that part of our glorious Christian past? Your weakness shows

    • LadyFreeBird♥BlessedBeTheLord

      Amen and Amen 🙂

    • Cory Youngblood

      Okay. Is someone forbidding you from reading the bible? I just finished reading mined for the day and nobody even complained.

      You just can’t use it as reference for a history class.

      You’re overreacting.

      • wandakate

        People ALL over the world are being persecuted for their faith in JESUS CHRIST. There’s no overreacting there that I can see. Try standing on the street corner and preaching the word and see how long you live! It’s more serious than you must realize.

        • TheKingOfRhye

          I’ve seen people preaching Christianity on street corners. Never once have I heard of one of them being killed for it.

          • wandakate

            Neither have I yet, but perilous times are coming our way in the future. I do foresee a time coming when it will come to that or worse. Hold on, you’ll see.

          • TheKingOfRhye

            It sounded like you were making a statement of the way things are, not a prediction.

    • wandakate

      If it’s any comfort to you, there is a judgment day coming, and JESUS our advocate and our mediator between GOD and man will be our judge. He will RIGHT all WRONGS!!! Man will only be allowed to do so much, and then GOD will intervene. JESUS will “appear” at the 7th trumpet, just prior to the wrath of GOD and He will call up the saints at that time.
      The graves will open, and the dead shall rise and meet the LORD in the air. The ones who are still alive at that time will also rise up, and meet the LORD JESUS in the air. Comfort one another with these words.
      JESUS said, “And I come quickly, and my REWARD is to give to each according to his work shall be. JESUS is coming and His reward is with Him, and that reward is the Kingdom of GOD (aka Heaven). We will have rewards, and crowns of glory and be blessed at that time.
      Those in America who are doing evil and wrong today will be punished in the everlasting flames of hell, reserved for satan, his demons, these evil people, all sinners, the false prophet and the antichrist. They’re ALL going to be there. Rest assured that any punishment from GOD will be more severe than any punishment man can give them…

    • TheKingOfRhye

      “predicted with absolute precision and accuracy by the very book in question”??

      Really? What book, what verse, was that?

      • The Last Trump

        Oh, doing some Bible research, are we? Will miracles never cease!!
        Well head on over to fstdt. And then read through all of the many posts collected there from a variety of Bible quoting fundamentalist Christians.
        An invaluable archive of knowledge & wisdom at your disposal.
        (Just ignore the infantile criticisms from the uneducated & the immoral!)
        I think you know the way.
        You’re welcome.

        • TheKingOfRhye

          So, in other words, you’ve got nothing? I should have known.

          • The Last Trump

            Oh? So you can’t be bothered to look into it? Really?
            Won’t head back over to headquarters and read through the posts?
            Not even going to merely take two seconds to do a simple google search!!?

            Wow. Guess you really weren’t interested in learning anything, huh?
            Yeah. I should have known.
            Fstdt through and through alright. You represent them well.
            (Don’t forget to submit! 🙂

          • TheKingOfRhye

            I did do a “two second Google search”, like you suggested. I didn’t find anything about the bible predicting that it itself would be banned. (Of course, if there was a prediction of that, it’s still an unfulfilled one as of yet. A school not using it is not the same thing as it being banned.). I am actually curious, though to see what you’re talking about.

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          Oh, you are so still gloating over your Gold Medal and my Bronze in the Fundie of the Year Contest. Wait till next year!!! 🙂

  • John Munro

    21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks
    be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the
    law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Too late. Most US children have access to the Holy Bible anyway. Glad this is not 500 years ago in USA. Americans must remember how USA’s creators created America 400 years ago. Villains always prohibit the Holy Bible, but God makes His Word available to mankind. He did it much through the American Christians before the nation became Sodomic. Read the Holy Bible and educate yourself and break free from slavery. It includes today’s Americans.

    • wandakate

      Actually the Bible is our past, our present, and our future. It’s full of history as well as prophecy. Best book ever. Number 1 best seller for many many years. It’s NOT going anywhere…GOD word will always be with us, regardless of what man tries to do to make it obsolete, irrelevant or invalid!!!

    • TheKingOfRhye

      “USA’s creators created America 400 years ago”? No, they didn’t.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Today’s Westerners’ problem is that they take granted the best thing in the entire universe – the Holy Bible – just because they had it for the longest time and got all the vital benefits from it, repaying the good with evil to the Christian Church. The West’s conduct resembles the well-fed evil ancient Israel who rejected her Lord, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread throughout the world. USA is an empire that was born yesterday and will be gone tomorrow, but the Word of God is forever. Sodom has no inheritance. God gives the land to His own people. ( Hebrews ch. 12) USA must stop being evil and become humble before God to get a life.

    • wandakate

      My latest books are all about this very thing, coupled with scriptures throughout, full page pictures, short stories, some of my own life experiences and what happened after the LORD brought me back from death in 2001. There is also some humor in them, and each one is packed with valid information of what is happening now and what is expected to happen according to the scriptures. A full explanation of Revelation is also in one of them. Thank you for giving your version of the truth, as I’m sure the LORD is pleased with you.
      JESUS said, If you deny me, I will deny you, and I can see that you’re not denying the LORD…

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    If people do not obey God, human villains enslave people always. It’s guaranteed and there hasn’t been any exception in the history including the current world. Secular Western culture is Sodomic today, and they try to tame mankind with sexual immorality, funding abnormal immorality everywhere. The worst victims are their own children and poor people. Children have rights to innocence and God’s truth. Mankind need the Holy Bible in order to break free from human slave owners. American children need the Holy Bible today for salvation and human rights and liberty.

    • mrpoohead

      Children have rights, but not under the church – there we can abuse them and get away with it. Christianity – God help us!

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        You only have blasphemy, infanticide, sexual depravity, tattoos, and nudism as your core values, apart from the Church. Children need Christian education to be moral and civilized.

        • mrpoohead

          I confess to a bit of blasphemy when hitting thumb with hammer, infanticide definitely not, sexual depravity unfortunately not, tattoos most assuredly not, nudism not but like to watch if given the opportunity. The church is invariably corrupt or dysfunctional and a poor guide to people. Christian values fine, Biblical Law appalling. Please don’t leave China, stay working for the nutty state government as a loony. Please get a life and grow up.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You guys are too well-fed and sexually immoral. China has been oppressed by the atheists, but people are getting Bibles thanks to American Christians. Bible literacy = liberty and fairness. You must stop repaying the good with your evil to the Christian Church. Respect your parents and grandparents. Don’t be a bad descendant. Man must live for God’s glory, not for sexual depravity like the current secular Western culture is doing. Children get ruined.

          • mrpoohead

            …………and you are an idiot. So there’s no fat people in China right? I think China already has religion – Muslim, Confucius, Taoism and Buddhism, what’s wrong with them? State may officially be atheist, but religion exists. Biblical Law is not fair – it is oppressive, as is Sharia but thankfully all but one nation has moved on from that. I like sexual depravity, but my wife is not so keen. Respect is earned; both by parents and children. Please get a life and go away with your pious garbage.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You need piety. Your unconditional inclination to depravity is the tragedy and a cancer to the surroundings. China always persecuted the Christians but the Christians grow explosively because Christianity alone is true, good, and life-giving. Paganisms lack the Saviour and truth. Biblical laws alone provide rights, equality, liberty, and justice to all. No man can stop it. The Gospel is the power of God. Serious humans know the value of the objective truth. Hedonists and mockers never find it. You need to repent to get a life.

          • mrpoohead

            Despite China being officially atheist it does have freedom of religion – what’s wrong with paganism, christianity has borrowed lots from it? Biblical Law also provides the death penalty for disobeying your parents and blasphemy – a bit extreme. An ongoing legal system that provides for modern day life is somewhat better – who cares if someone’s gay, more girls for me. Duh! Serious humans know the value of getting on with life.

            Now, you didn’t answer my question – are there fat people in China? Is there religion? What is wrong with the other religions?

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            I love sending Bibles to China! Chinese Christians are the best!

          • mrpoohead

            Nope they’re morons.

          • wandakate

            Glad they have bibles now thanks to American Christians.
            The truth will set them free (spiritually free).
            What you say is good. Man must certainly live for the glory of GOD, and NOT for man. Man will fail you, but GOD will never fail you. Yes Children need the bible, and western culture will ruin them if given the chance to do so.

        • Cory Youngblood

          So getting a tattoo is the same as getting an abortion? Wow. And is nudity okay during sex with my wife or showering or never?

          Seriously you need a Xanax.

    • Cory Youngblood

      But that’s your opinion. Not fact. And in the us “sodomites” are free. If you don’t like it, move to a theocratic country like Iran.

  • Nidalap

    One wonders if the pillars of Islam lessons are still just hunky-dory…

  • sammy13

    Coward?

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    We can thank the Mormons for this objectionable provision in the Idaho constitution. Keeping their sectarian doctrine out of public schools has been a good thing though.

    • wandakate

      The Mormons say that other Mormons can marry in their temples and be sealed for “eternity”. That is SO contradictory of the scriptures which tell us that there will be NO marriages in heaven. Marriage is for this life only, so it’s just another one of their false teachings. I’m not sure what they have to do with Idaho, unless many of them live there.

  • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

    Solution: abolish public schools.

    • wandakate

      That’s probably what we need, but not what will ever happen…Too many parents need them and thus depend on them for their children. If children didn’t go to school, many parents wouldn’t be able to work, as many work while their kids are in school. The school is like a babysitter, they are keeping the kids for free while mom or dad work.

  • acontraryview

    “The Bible, in particular, is indispensable to correctly understanding the foundations of Western government and law,”

    Actually, it’s not “indispensable”. The foundations of Western government and law can be clearly understood without using the Bible. Further, given that the protections provided by our Constitution directly conflict with 7 of the 10 commandments, the Bible is a poor choice for understanding the foundations of our government and law.

    • Tangent002

      True. The Constitution is more a child of the Enlightenment than it is a product of either Christianity or the Bible.

  • Gott Mit Uns!

    Don’t kids go to Sunday school anymore?

    • gizmo23

      Too much work

  • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

    Gov. Otter is a Roman Catholic. Rome has been an enemy of the Bible for more than a Millennia.

  • gizmo23

    Why does any faith want to have government a part of it?

  • Cory Youngblood

    This law isn’t constitutional and I’m glad the governor made this decision. To the other commenters, I’m not sure you’re thinking this through. It’s not banned in libraries, you just can’t use it to teach history etc.

    If the law passed who’s to say a Jehovahs Witness or Catholic wouldn’t sue? Or a Mormon? Not everyone reads the same edition of the bible.

    We can’t say we want a democracy and then forget our principles. And one of that principles is to respect the rights of everyone.

    If you want a theocracy move to Iran. If you want a democracy stay here and quit whining you didn’t get your way.

    • wandakate

      There is only ONE real true BIBLE, one word of GOD, and no other. JESUS CHRIST said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, and NO man will come to the FATHER but by me.”
      Only GOD created the heavens and the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th. There is ONLY one GOD, there is NO other. There are many false gods, there is satan and there is money and all of the other fake false manmade gods, but there is ONLY one REAL GOD of heaven and earth. Do not be deceived!

      • TheKingOfRhye

        “There is only ONE real true BIBLE, one word of GOD, and no other.”

        Okay, fine……which one? Like Cory said, not everyone reads the same edition. Some don’t even have the same books.

  • Tangent002

    “…astronomy, biology, geology, world geography,…”

    What would the Bible ‘as a reference’ have to offer on any of those topics other than Young Earth Creationist hogwash?

    I see nothing wrong with using the Bible for comparative religion and literature courses, however.