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4th Period: Biblical Literacy 101

Robert Franklin

Posted on February 1, 2019 22:45

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This week, President Trump tweeted his support for "Biblical literacy" to be taught in public schools.

"Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible.
Starting to make a turn back? Great!"
-- President Donald J. Trump, Twitter, Jan. 28, 2019

President Trump's 4,374th firestorm of his presidency occurred this week. None of us are surprised. This time, though, he didn't seize the opportunity to demonize Democrats, provoke protestors, or offend opponents.

Instead, he tweeted his support for Bible literacy classes in American schools, because no man -- and I mean, no man -- better embodies Bible literacy than repeat-adulterer Donald John Trump.

President Trump's tweet drew ire, because of course it did. The comment section on his tweet exploded with many an angry typist criticizing Captain "Two Corinthians" and his own illiteracy when it comes to God's word.

Though President Trump is (allegedly) a Presbyterian, his tweet likely didn't come from his own (suggested) thoughts and prayers. The timing of this tweet corresponds with a Fox & Friends segment, of course, focusing on the efforts of Project Blitz, an initiative sponsored by religious far-right groups, notably the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, the National Legal Foundation, and the WallBuilders Pro Family Legislative Network.

Project Blitz started in 2015 and its mission to "protect religious freedom, preserve America's Judeo-Christian heritage, and promote prayer" largely manifests in legislation that affords both public and private schools to implement Biblical teachings as part of their curriculum. They also promote the administration of a so-called "Christian Heritage Week" and -- since it wouldn't be Evangelical politics otherwise -- limiting the civil rights of LGBTQ people.

Nothing says "religious freedom" like an elaborate effort to impose Christianity on everyone, right?

I'm all for people learning, especially when they're learning things that pertain to a topic that is considerably controversial. If someone is going to have an opinion on a matter such as the intersection of Christianity and American politics, that person should learn the basis of Christianity and its role in the United States.

But that does not mean that time should be taken away from other, more important, topics taught in schools, such as science, mathematics, and, dare I say, art?

Beyond that, at least as it relates to public schools, there is also a pressing Constitutional issue looming large.

More than any of that, is the issue with why these efforts pop up every year. They are attempts to Christianize a populous becoming more secular, to scale back the inclusiveness advocated by that populous.

The institutions forwarding Project Blitz have successfully lobbied legislatures to pass "In God We Trust" bills, which emblazon the phrase on government buildings, schools, and public vehicles, like police cars and ambulances.

The idea seems to be that the public declaration of "In God We Trust" will push away the scary atheists, humanists, and non-Christians out there, allowing the Christian tradition of unchallenged indoctrination to swallow the souls of little boys and girls.

But, the last thing the United States needs are a bunch of kids growing up to be Mike Pence.

Robert Franklin

Posted on February 1, 2019 22:45

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