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North Dakota Lawmaker Proposes Bill That Would Authorize Elective Bible Course in Schools

Updated: January 9, 2019 at 10:14 pm EST  See Comments

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BISMARCK, N.D. — A lawmaker in North Dakota has proposed a bill that would authorize the creation of an elective Bible course in the state’s public and private high schools.

Senate Bill 2136, introduced by Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, would make studies in the Old or New Testament—or both—available for students, and notes that among the three units of social studies required for graduation, “any one-half unit may be replaced by Bible studies.”

Other already-existing options include civics, civilization, geography and history, multicultural studies, North Dakota studies, psychology, sociology and world history.

“This is an alternative to a history class elective if a student is interested in the history of the Bible,” Larson told the High Plains Reader. “It is the one piece of information that founded our country. I believe that history has been lost.”

“Our schools are lacking some aspects of history, and also the interest in some history is boring to students,” he remarked. “This is a class offering that is totally elective not required, but can take the place of any other history class. It is up to the school board if they want to offer the history of the Bible.”

Rep. Aaron McWilliams, R-Hillsboro, has already joined the effort as a co-sponsor.

“If you really want to understand the history of the United States, you really need to understand the philosophy of the Bible and the Christian faith,” he told the outlet. “By any means, it doesn’t mean the school needs

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