Friday, September 23, 2005

New textbook on the block: About the Bible

CNN - Interfaith coalition unveils public school Bible course. The Bible Literacy Project, operating out of Virginia, spent two million dollars writing this supposedly objective textbook entitled "The Bible and its Influence". Says American Jewish Congress attorney Marc Stern, "this book is proof…that it is possible to acknowledge and respect deep religious differences and yet still find common ground."

Now. I'm a reporter. At least, in the middle-school-newspaper-that-covers-national-events sense. Consequently, the idea of objectivity appeals to me, as it should to everyone else. However, I think it is virtually impossible to be impartial about the Bible; it's just too crazy. There is bound to be some information omitted. I mean, the way I see this is that the textbook probably focuses on the "moral" aspects of the scriptures, and probably ignores most of the parts that condone beating women, convicts, killing homosexuals and the part that says bats are birds. If students are taught about the Bible, they should be exposed to the nonsensical parts as well as the moral.

Bible Literacy's editors accommodated Jewish sensitivities about the New Testament, attributed reports about miracles to the source rather than simply calling them historical facts and generally downplayed scholarly theories -- about authorship and dates, for example -- that offend conservatives.

Ah, political correctness. Do they also teach that the Bible is not about political correctness? Hmm...

Stetson said "the important thing was not to compromise on peoples' beliefs. They are what they are." To Schippe, the key to effective education is respect for the biblical text, constitutional law, scholarship, various faith traditions and divergent interpretations.

Call me crazy, but I think the best way for educators to avoid disrespect for conflicting faith traditions and interpretations is to ignore them completely.

Another program, favored by evangelical groups and used in hundreds of schools, comes from the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools of Greensboro, North Carolina. It provides a teacher's outline with the Bible itself as the textbook.

……brilliant. That is why I love conservatives (cough). They have such zany, original ideas. If only there were some way of getting them into the government...


At 9/24/2005 7:23 AM, Anonymous diehardlax45 said...

why does it matter if people believe in god? honesty, as long as you keep your beliefs to yourself and out of your job and do whats best for everyone instead of just your religion, i think things will be fine

At 9/24/2005 10:30 AM, Blogger Kele said...

Except when gay marriage is being banned for completely religious reasons or stem cell research pretty much stopped in its tracks in this country.

Believe me, I'm pretty sure all of us here respect a person's right to believe. However, I think the belief itself is so absurd that it needs to be done away with. *shrug*

At 9/24/2005 12:03 PM, Blogger Pyro_Shark said...

You all are looking at it wrong. This is a great opportunity for the kids to actually read the Bible and see all the objectional (to put it lightly) things in it.

At 9/24/2005 12:06 PM, Blogger seth said...

Like I said, I doubt that the textbook covers the onjectionable parts of the Bible.

Please post something, by the way. I feel lonely.

At 9/24/2005 12:38 PM, Blogger Pyro_Shark said...

The entire text will still be there, I presume, but they probably will ignore it, you're right. I do plan to post something later today or tommorow, depending.

At 9/24/2005 8:48 PM, Anonymous diehardlax45 said...

i must admit, if the entire bible is real, then god is a real jerk, but thats why the bible is crap to me, i guess id rather look at it like just telling you to be nice to people, but that doesnt explain the whole killing gay people thing, so im gonna stop right now before i get deeper into this mess of a comment

At 9/24/2005 8:51 PM, Blogger seth said...

If you read the Bible, it should become obvious that it was never intended to be taken seriously. It's so effing crazy. Jebus, there are whole chapters about who not to have sex with.

Seriously. Read the Bible.

At 9/24/2005 8:58 PM, Anonymous Tanooki Joe said...

"Jebus, there are whole chapters about who not to have sex with."

And then they have a later book (Song of Solomon) which is all about screwing and doesn't even mention God. Professional editing it ain't.

At 9/25/2005 8:01 AM, Blogger Aeger said...

Becuase of the bible (leviticus 19 or something) we can't have sex with pigs. What gives?

At 9/25/2005 8:46 AM, Blogger Kele said...

I've actually never read the Bible. I've just never gotten around to it. I'm sure I will eventually, probably sometime this year. I've got other books I'd rather read at the moment though. :)


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