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High school students in the Houston area school district have

petitioned the board to offer Bible classes to fulfill a state law that

was passed in 2007.

According to the Houston Chronicle, two years ago state lawmakers

made it OK for schools to provide elective Bible classes but so far few

school districts implemented the plan. Now some students have lost

patience.

The 2007 law requires schools, beginning this year, to include some

Bible literacy in history and literature classes. Bible classes are

optional but encouraged under the law. The thinking is that educated

students must be familiar with biblical references and themes that

pervade culture and society.

“It’s not like a Bible study like you have at church,” said Gale

Drummond, assistant superintendent of secondary education for Conroe

ISD. “It’s about looking at the Bible and its influence in Western

civilization.”

Some school districts in other areas of Texas already have begun to

offer the classes. Now students in the Montgomery County districts want

the same. A renewed interest in Bible classes seems to have struck the

nation in the past few years.

Many states have introduced Bible bills, and some states, such as

Texas, Georgia and Tennessee, have passed laws mandating Bible classes

or the inclusion of Bible literacy in core classes.

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