"The Kentucky Senate Education Committee passed a bill on March 10 to allow Bible literacy classes to be taught in public schools.
According to Democratic State Sen. Robin Webb of Kentucky, the new bill “would not have a religious connotation as much as a historical connotation.”
Senate Bill 278 gives the Kentucky Department of Education the ability to create regulations for Bible literacy classes that public schools can use for elective courses for high school students.
The bill requires classes to be established and include studies of the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible, as well as Hebrew Scriptures, according to WKYT.
The bill states that the course must “follow applicable law and all federal and state guidelines in maintaining religious neutrality and accommodating the diverse religious views, tradition and perspectives of students.”
“Senate Bill 278 does not teach the Bible…It’s not proselytizing,” said former senator Jack Westwood, who now lobbies for the Family Foundation. “What it does is teach about the Bible.”
Robert Boston of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State said that he supports the bill “if it increases Bible literacy,” but advises "to be careful that it doesn’t elevate one interpretation of the Bible over others.”
After being approved by the Senate Education Committee, the bill will now move to the full Senate floor for a vote, the Courier Journal reports.