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It seems like this little doozy from my home state of has flown under the radars of church-state separation proponents:

>Elective Bible courses in Texas high schools received the blessing of the State Board of Education on Friday, but local school officials will have to figure out how to design those classes so they don’t violate religious-freedom protections.

Board members approved the new class, which will be in some high schools this fall, even though officials are awaiting an opinion from the attorney general on whether the state law authorizing the course requires all school districts to offer it. (MORE)

If only they knew that Bible was already being taught in public schools in Texas. My public high school already had about a half a dozen “prayer groups” and Christian-based fellowship groups back in the early 1990s. Held before and after school, they were legal as they were not “school-sponsored.”

But I think it got a bit sticky when teachers’ time, school resources, and classroom space was devoted to learning the love Christ and “being saved by grace through faith.”

I can only imagine what will happen in these new courses.

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