High School Bible Classes

Oklahoma City, OK – Bible could be coming to public high schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) High schools across the state could begin offering an elective course in the study of the Bible under a measure approved by a Senate committee.

The Appropriations Subcommittee on Education on Wednesday passed the bill. It now goes to the full Appropriations Committee.

Elk City Democrat Tom Ivester says schools in Oklahoma already are offering similar courses but says his measure would provide guidelines to ensure the classes are focusing on the historical context of scripture.

The head of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State says he sees some merit to the idea, but only if teachers are trained to teach the course objectively. Mike Fuller says his group's concern is about the possibility of teachers endorsing religion.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.