The Mustang Public School District board in Oklahoma is planning to use a Bible class, designed by Hobby Lobby owner Steve Green, as part of its curriculum this fall.
The “Museum of the Bible” elective class and textbook (pictured) will reportedly teach Biblical inerrancy and promote Green's upcoming "Bible Museum," noted RawStory.com.
However, Americans United for Separation of Church and State as well as the Freedom from Religion Foundation claim the Bible course violates the law and have sent letters to the school board.
According to a press release by Americans United for Separation of Church and State:
Green has publicly stated that the class will teach the doctrine of Bible inerrancy, which undermines his claim that it will be taught from an objective standpoint. The class is also designed to complement his planned Museum of the Bible, and contains a chapter titled, “How Do We Know That The Bible’s Historical Narratives Are Reliable?”
“The courts have been clear: there is to be no proselytization in public schools,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Schools are welcome to teach religion objectively, but they’re not welcome to teach any one religion as literal truth. That’s exactly what the Mustang public schools are about to do.”
The letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation states:
The materials also treat the bible as historically factual and accurate. There is no critical examination of the bible's claims or historical accuracy. The book assumes all the stories to be true, going so far as to list biblical artifacts yet to be discovered including: Noah’ s Ark, the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, and Moses’ magic wand.
In an almost ridiculous failure, 16 pages later, the textbook criticizes the “historical half-truths ” of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, a work of fiction, but fails to apply that same critical lens to the bible it is so clearly promoting.