Oklahoma bill would protect Bible class

BY JULIE BISBEE Modified: February 4, 2010 at 7:43 am •  Published: February 4, 2010
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uot;I think a lot of school districts don’t want to touch this with a 10-foot-pole. There are no rules to tell them how to do it if they wanted to.”

Ivester said his bill is similar to legislation that recently passed in Texas. Georgia and Alabama also have similar laws.

Tamya Cox, legislative counsel for ACLU of Oklahoma, said much of what Ivester’s bill seeks to do is already allowed under federal law. There are currently two bills that seek to allow classes on the Bible. A House version of the bill requires teachers to be certified in similar subjects such as social studies.

Cox said while the ACLU has a neutral position on the bill, it would be nice if Ivester’s bill incorporated language to require certified teachers.

"The additional criteria for teachers would help avoid proselytizing,” Cox said.

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