Idaho GOPers Want Schools To Use The Bible As A Biology Textbook

Republicans in Idaho are considering a bill that would permit Bibles to be used in place of pretty much all textbooks, including for subjects like biology, astronomy, law and other things that probably already have perfectly reasonable textbooks of their own.

WHEREAS,the Idaho Constitution Preamble states:”We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom to secure its blessings and promoteour common welfare do establish this Constitution”; and

WHEREAS,the Idaho Republican Platform states:”We believe the strength of our nation lies with our faith and reliance on God our Creator, the individual and the family…”; “We believe the U.S. Constitution is the greatest and most inspired document to govern a nation…”; and “We believe Idahoans must protect the principles and values that have made us strong”; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,That the Idaho County Central Committee encourages the Idaho legislature to draft and support a bill stating that 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, U.S. 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 usefulor relevant;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,That the Idaho County Republican Central Committee encourages our Idaho legislators to support a bill stating that public schools may offer elective study courses of the Bible for any of the secular discipline study purposes stated above if students, parents, and/or school district electors request such a course within their respective district.

This is all very likely to pass, as Republicans control basically every part of the legislature in Idaho, though I’m not so sure how it will sit with the Supreme Court. It may also not sit too well with taxpayers who might not be fond of funding all the lawsuits this is likely to bring.

[Friendly Atheist]