Georgia enacts two Bible-related laws

Bible classes and Decalogue displays
Georgia governor Sonny Perdue has signed into law two bills that critics say may blur the line between church and state. But First Amendment watchdog groups indicated they will wait to see how the laws are put into effect before filing challenges.

One measure signed April 20 made Georgia the first state believed to sanction elective classes about the Bible in public high schools. The state’s education department has until February to draft curricula for schools that choose to offer courses taught “in an objective and nondevotional manner with no attempt made to indoctrinate students.” The U.S. Supreme Court long ago deemed that such nondevotional courses about the Bible, its history and its role in literature are constitutional.

 

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