Bible Classes Can Now Be Taught in Kentucky Public Schools


Effective Thursday, Kentucky public schools can now teach a course on the Bible thanks to a bill signed by the state’s Republican Christian Gov. Matt Bevin.

Bevin, said WDRB, gave his blessing to HB 128, also known as the “Bible Literacy Bill,” when he signed it into law on Tuesday.

The course which will be taught as a social studies elective, will focus on “the Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament of the Bible, the New Testament, or a combination of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament of the Bible.”

It is expected to “provide to students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, mores, oratory, and public policy.”

Students will also be allowed to use various translations of the Bible.

“The idea that we would not want this to be an option for people in school, that would be crazy. I don’t know why every state would not embrace this, why we as a nation would not embrace this,” Bevin told a crowd that had gathered to witness the signing of HB 128 into law at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

State Rep. D.J. Johnson, R-Owensboro, who co-sponsored the bill said students need to understand the role the Bible played in American history.