Hobby Lobby, the arts and crafts store, best known for refusing to provide its employees with contraceptives as part of their health insurance plans, is in the news once again. This time, the crafty store, is supporting Oklahoma Senate Bill 48, which would allow public schools to teach an ‘elective’ course focusing on religion and the bible.
In an American generation consumed with freedom of speech, religious education has taken a back seat. The issue of religion is extremely controversial and many oppose the teaching of faith in schools.
According to Huffington Post, Kyle Loveless (R-Oklahoma City), who initially introduced Bill 48, claims the bill will protect schools against lawsuits, and promises religious courses can be provided without the fear of backlash.
Loveless claims "it is not a forced class and this would not be a 'Sunday School' type course. We are not endorsing one religion over the other," according to Huffington Post. When asked if he would promote an elective class on the Quran, Loveless stated he would be open to discussion, and that Oklahoma is primarily a Christian State.
Sources: Huffington Post