Monday, 30 January 2012 16:11
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ The South Dakota Legislature has given final
approval to a measure urging the state's school districts to
provide academic instruction on the Bible.
The Senate voted 25-10 to pass the resolution despite arguments
from critics that it could blur the line between religion and
The non-binding resolution, which passed the House last week,
has no force of law.
Sen. Elizabeth Kraus of Rapid City says schools should teach
about the Bible because it permeates western civilization's
culture, laws and literature. She says such instruction can be done
without violating the constitutional separation of church and
But Sen. Tom Hansen of Huron says he opposes the measure because
the state should regulate state affairs and churches should
regulate church issues.
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