A newly proposed bill in Florida would make Bible classes a requirement in all public schools. The current law allows Bible courses but does not make it a requirement.
If House Bill 341 is passed, it would give students the chance to learn both the New Testament and Old Testament. However, the bill does not require students to forcefully take the class.
A strong debate is stirred up on both sides because of the bill.
Adriane Santori said “I personally feel like a large majority of students wouldn’t care about the class.”
“I ask them, are they going to teach the Torah, the Quran and all the other stuff, because of separation of church and state,” said Caroline Holtz, a collegiate high school student.
Another high school student, Caeley Wilson while talking about how the classes would do a lot of good, said “Don’t shut something out that you haven’t tried. It opens up friendships and opens up your mind pretty much.”
A big concern for those supporting the bill is the version of the Bible that will be taught in schools. A few label the bill as a vague attempt to teach the Bible at public schools.