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EmmaLib
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08:35 AM on 06/01/2012
I doubt they will teach that Christianity is one of the biggest producers of war and death, since its' creation. I bet they will teach a Texas revised version..... BIG on tall tales, and filled with nothing but HOT AIR.
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08:40 AM on 06/01/2012
Hot air blown by cruel winds, laughing all the way.
10:29 AM on 06/01/2012
LOL FOR SURE!!
03:25 PM on 04/26/2012
As long as this course treats the Bible as a piece of literature, there shouldn't be a problem. If anything, it should be and informative course not something that is forced upon the students. Also, who ever teaches the class shouldn't be bias whatsoever. Plus, it can be beneficial for students who take upper division classes such as history and English where they are constantly referring to the Bible such as allusions and whatnot.
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MalteseTiger
"Faux News Lacks Objectivity" - Al-Qaeda
05:05 PM on 06/01/2012
Please name another credited school course that uses fiction as the base for study
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Julie Racster
08:04 PM on 06/01/2012
I see this more as an anthropology lesson, where "fact or faked" isn't relevant. Whether bible stories are true or not, Christianity has had an undeniable, significant impact on Western culture through the religiously-motivated actions of its subscribers.
04:38 PM on 06/03/2012
Books from the Bible were a part of my High School Literature book. English classes use tons of fiction books as the base for study. I only remember one book we had to read that wasn't fiction.
08:42 PM on 06/01/2012
the bible is a religious text, not literature and has no business or place in an American school. Unless you put it where it belongs. Outdated mythology.
03:18 AM on 04/26/2012
They took out Mexican american studies and they replace it with the bible??? Excuse is that the bible is everywhere jajajajaja yeah maybe but in Tucson "Mexicans" are everywhere too. Don't get me wrong i have nothing against the bible but it should be taught at home with family and not in public schools and what about the rest of the students that are excluded Jews, Muslims, Buddha Ect................I think that two things should never be discussed in class religion and politics if that where the case we would get along a lot better.
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Julie Racster
08:07 PM on 06/01/2012
Ignorance is not bliss. People fear what they don't understand, so cutting all discussion of religious influence in culture leaves a void that people will fill with bias. Now, religion as RELIGION should never be taught in a public school, but studying the impact of religion on society seems like worthwhile pursuit to me (providing it's done properly...which, since this is Arizona, is a long shot at best).
08:44 PM on 06/01/2012
I agree with you completely. Well, almost. Politics should be discussed in school. Children should understand the government and how it works, don't you think?
05:10 PM on 04/24/2012
Arizona sucks balls
06:46 PM on 04/23/2012
Even though I am a practicing Christian, I see a problem with this. Not every student in Arizona is a Christian. The schools should have a World Religion class. This so called class would only allow people to get angry about being shoved Christian ideals and make people less tolerant. Ugh Arizona...
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MalteseTiger
"Faux News Lacks Objectivity" - Al-Qaeda
05:07 PM on 06/01/2012
Now now.. christians are tolerant of everyone.. that agrees with them, goes along with them, does what they say and gives them money.
Why should they want "fair and balanced" teaching by including all those other options
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treemeizer
Stardust, temporarily human.
01:01 PM on 04/23/2012
Fictional Literature 101
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TruthHurtsPPL
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple"
07:09 PM on 04/22/2012
I took a world religion class in college, my professor touched on all the major religions without bias. In fact I don't even know what religion he was. I don't think it's fair to exclude other religions from the curriculum if they are going to teach one they need to offer them all. I learned to be more tolerant and learned interesting things about other religions. In truth I don't think a high school teacher will be up to the task of creating a strictly analytical environment for teaching such a topic. I also don't think the students are mature enough to let go of their parents ideals and allow themselves to form their own opinion. In my class we had a couple of adults who did the equivalent of putting their fingers in their ears when we talked about the validity and merits of other religions different from their own.
07:04 PM on 04/22/2012
This should go to the Supreme Court to be found unconstitutional. How one could pass this and deliberately exclude other denominations the right to have their religious text taught in the schools as well is beyond me.

As a former Social Studies teacher, I would be crying foul here.
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Tich Tran
10:35 PM on 07/06/2012
I may be conservative but this law is nut.I didn't agree with Justice Robert on Obamacare but if he struck down this religious law then I will agree with him.
barbara jay
my kid says hi
07:42 PM on 04/21/2012
Is it really the case that the curriculum will exclude, among "other denominational materials," JEWISH texts? What do they consider a Jewish text? Do they plan to exclude the Old Testament as something that has had no role in Western Culture or do they plan to co-opt it and tell the students it's really a Christian text, and not also the holy book of the Jews? An awful lot of Christian students, I fear, are taught that Judaism was meant to be replaced by Christianity, and that every thought and word of Jesus was original with him and had no roots in the Judaism in which he was educated. A lot of students, both Christian and Jewish, would probably be surprised to hear that Jesus was Jewish. The teachers who perpetuate this ignorance are really not competent to teach such a course.
07:03 PM on 04/22/2012
The Torah?
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NunyaBus99
12:46 PM on 04/24/2012
)Torah" refers to the Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (old testament)
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newprmmdc
Gay American Patriot over 60 and Grumpy
09:03 PM on 04/22/2012
The Qur'an? Jesus is part of Islam. Teaching all of the versions of Jesus would be important. Since this is in school, it CERTAINLY can't be teaching religion. They can't be INDOCTRINATING students into being Christian? That would be un-American. Right? What are they thinking?
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letitbeme
no tea allowed
07:18 PM on 04/21/2012
pat robertson will teach the class by video to everyone so that they can be on the same page. what a total joke.
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letitbeme
no tea allowed
07:12 PM on 04/21/2012
I guess that the church is not doing their jobs. arizona is one weird place. can they caryy their guns into the churches?
fredgladys
Your Micro-bio is empty, I know, stop nagging.
05:46 PM on 04/21/2012
"Proud says students would benefit from learning about the Bible as foundational, basic knowledge."

What exactly does that mean, and in what context.
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MalteseTiger
"Faux News Lacks Objectivity" - Al-Qaeda
05:10 PM on 06/01/2012
It means Christian religious zealots will benefit from having others around them in a non church setting.. then any "problems" that arise such as gay bashing or anti-ethnic/religious slurs can be blamed on the school rather then the unholy church
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04:43 PM on 04/21/2012
I can sure see some unintended consequences in store here.
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Blodo
Time to build a better world
12:21 PM on 04/21/2012
There are a couple of reference books they ought to use in that course. One is "The Evolution of God" by Robert Wright. The other is "Godless" by Dan Barker. Those give a good account of how what we call Christianity is really a hodge podge cobbled together from earlier myths of other religions, along with a liberal injection of fantasy, outright fraud and highly selective editing.
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ramp613
Ex-conservative.
08:15 PM on 04/21/2012
Thank you very much for those book titles.
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Nina Spencer
A Modicum Of Discernment..Please?
11:30 AM on 04/21/2012
When are the lawsuits going to start in AZ? Seriously?! I cannot believe that there is a single OB/GYN left in the state, that women are not fleeing in droves and now this crap?! Where are the lawyers?