A bill that would allow the Bible to be taught as an elective in Missouri schools is moving forward.
House Bill 267, filed by State Representative Ben Baker, would allow school districts to offer Social Studies courses on the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament as an elective. Baker says the bill has bipartisan support in the House. He says seven other states have adopted similar legislation offering Bible literacy classes, and several others are working on the same topic. He says the bill is designed to provide students with a historical perspective about how the bible influenced the founding of our nation.
“It passes the constitutional test because it’s not teaching religion, it’s not teaching worship practices, it’s not teaching theology, it’s teaching history, and it’s teaching the literary influence of the bible,” says State Rep. Ben Baker.
The bill has been passed out of the House special committee on student accountability, and is now headed to the House Administrative Rules Committee. Baker says he’s hopeful that the bill will be on the House floor for full debate soon.