MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) — Should the Bible be studied in public schools in Alabama? It’s a question that strikes a lot of controversy, but one lawmaker says he plans to push for it as an elective in the upcoming legislative session. Some Alabama schools would like to offer Bible classes, but they are concerned about violating the law.
Senator Tim Melson of Florence has filed a bill to protect them, by making the classes optional.
“We’re not trying to force any religion on an individual, it’s just from a literary and history standpoint of how the Bible led to the development of this county and other countries,” said Sen. Tim Melson.
Recently, President Trump expressed his support for the idea on Twitter.
We asked parents if they would support the idea of Bible classes offered in public schools.
“I think that would be a great idea because we have kids who don’t know too much about the Bible,” said Norah Smith.
Smith says there’s a lot to learn from having the Bible taught in schools.
“Number one it would be great, but the problem you have is the diversity there,” said Shawn Dorch.
Dorch is concerned about people of different religions having their views shared.
“This is optional for the superintendents to offer this class or not,” said Sen. Tim Melson.