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Letters: ‘Let the Bible Speak for Itself’

Readers consider the implications of Bible-literacy programs in public schools.
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Teaching the Bible in Public Schools Is a Bad Idea—For Christians

According to a recent USA Today report, conservative Christian lawmakers in several states have proposed legislation that would “require or encourage public schools to offer elective classes on the Bible’s literary and historical significance.” But if conservative Christians don’t trust public schools to teach their children about sex or science, last week, why would they want to outsource instruction about sacred scripture to government employees?

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