Kentucky governor signs bill allowing bible classes in public schools

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FRANKFORT, KY (WLWT/WCMH) — A series of new Kentucky state laws took effect on Thursday, including a controversial law allowing public schools to teach the Bible.

The new law states:

HB 128 allows schools to offer an elective course on the Bible that teaches biblical content, poetry, narratives and their impact today.

According to WDRB, the courses are not required and students would be able to take the class as an elective.

During the signing, Gov. Matt Bevin spoke about why he felt the law was important.

“The idea that we would not want this to be an option for people in school, that would be crazy,” Gov. Bevin said. “I don’t know why every state would not embrace this, why we as a nation would not embrace this.”

The ACLU of Kentucky said it’s concerned about how the law might be used in schools.

“We want to make sure that teachers can teach and make sure that they don’t go in to preach,” ACLU of Kentucky Advocacy Director Kate Miller said.

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