Tenn. board approves Bible teaching guidelines

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Board of Education has approved guidelines on how to teach the Bible in public high schools.

The curriculum approved this week is in response to 2008 legislation, which authorized the state to create a course for a "nonsectarian, nonreligious academic study of the Bible."

State officials said they tried to develop principles that are safe from court challenges. But some are concerned a state-approved Bible course could violate church and state separation, depending on who is teaching it.

Hedy Weinberg is director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.

She told The Tennessean that the state seemed sensitive to concerns that the classes could be used to try to convert individuals. However, there are few details on how the classes will be run.


Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 83049762 - local8now.com/a?a=83049762
Gray Television, Inc.