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But, we all know some wackjob Christian lunatic is gonna have those classrooms of kids on their knees and praying ... probably in tongues.
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If handled correctly in an academic setting, and it sounds as if that is the plan (Tristan, you know I am ever the optimist), teaching high school kids about the Bible and the effects that it has had and is having upon the world sounds like a good idea to me.

One of my favorite elective classes in college was a survey of world religions. We spent time on the big ones, and used their holy books as textbooks for the class. We treated them as reference materials, which I do believe they are.

I have to admit, even though I no longer consider myself a Christian, I find myself using my Bible as a reference book with about the same frequency as my dictionary and thesaurus. (Which is quite a bit, as I am a professional writer.)

I'll go a step further. I think it would be a great thing if students in public high schools across the country had the option to take such a class. Not just about the Bible, but about other world religions. Or maybe one whole semester available on each of the major world religions... there is a lot to say about each one, after all.

This knowledge would also allow young people to make a more informed choice about which religious interests they would like to pursue in their personal lives.

As an aside, clearly, a good bit of tension exists between us and the Muslim world, and a lot of that stems from our ignorance of their religiouse beliefs. Gaining this knowledge could lead to understanding, which is a necessary building block of peace.
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