Florida Dem Rep. Introduces Bill for Bible and Religion Classes in Schools

As much as the mainstream media would have you believe, not all Democrats lean far left and Republicans don’t have the market cornered on religion or trying to bring back traditional values.

Democratic Florida State Representative Kim Daniels is proof that moderate Democrats still exist.

Daniels filed a bill aimed at making religious studies available as an elective a requirement for all Florida high schools. House Bill 341 on Oct. 11 for the 2020 session, and if passed, would take effect on July 1, 2020.

What the Bill Proposes

According to the bill, each school district would be required to offer courses related to “religion, Hebrew scriptures and the Bible to certain students as elective courses.”

Additionally, the bill states that the courses offered “may not endorse, favor, or promote or disfavor or show hostility toward a particular religion, religious perspective, or nonreligious faith.”

In other words, it’s an overview of religious studies. However, the requirements could include and would not preclude courses on the New Testament and the Old Testament. These courses would be offered to high school students.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”

–2 Timothy 3:16

Current Florida Law on Teaching Religion in School

Under current Florida law, public schools can optionally choose to offer religion and Bible classes as electives but aren’t required to do so.

If the law passes, elective classes on religious studies would be a required part of the curriculum of Florida schools.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

–Proverbs 22:6