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Kentucky Legislature Considers Bible Curriculum for Public Schools

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A bill making its way through the Kentucky legislature would add religion classes to the state's public school curriculum.

On Tuesday, the state Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 56, a measure that would allow public schools to teach elective Bible classes -- non-mandatory classes students could choose to enroll in.  A similar proposal was passed in the Senate last year, but later died in the House.

According to local news station WFIE, the public has mixed opinions on the matter:

"I think it would be great if it did. There's just so many things that are lost in our morals today and I think it's going to give us, give the students hope and maybe change the world," Kentucky resident Debbie Enoch says.  "There's a lot of parents that aren't religious and the kids that don't have any way of finding out about religion unless they do have it in school"...

"I don't think it's good in any manner and I think it's against the Constitution. The Supreme Court will knock it down just like they did put in 10 Commandments in all school rooms," Kentucky resident Laura McGrew says.

Leigh Murphee says she fully supports educating our youth with bible classes, but she has some concerns.  "I think that it might open up doors that we might not expect. Where do we stop teaching different religions?" Murphee says.

McGrew says she's fully against the bill.  "It's a tight tight issue it really is and I don't think public money ought to be spent to support teaching any religion," McGrew says.

The bill still has several hurdles in front of it; it will be considered by the full Senate next.

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