A proposed California initiative that would provide the King James Bible as a textbook to public-school students is now being circulated for signatures.
Organizers of the effort now have until May 24 to collect 598,105 valid signatures, which would put the initiative on the statewide ballot.
As WorldNetDaily reported, the proposal makes the case that the King James Bible of 1611 is “one of the supreme achievements of the English Renaissance, and is rightly regarded as one of the most influential books in the history of English civilization, which has served as a model of writing for generations of English-speaking people, and is an acclaimed literary work of great historic importance.”
Further, the initiatives backers, who maintain a website, say the Bible is worthy of study in “such secular disciplines as history, literature, culture, poetry, law, language, ethics, science and philosophy.”
The group wants the Bible used in the schools without any “devotional purpose nor any denominational instruction to accept or reject its religious components.” Students would be furnished with copies at no cost, and parents would be permitted to opt their children out of the study of the Bible.
Backers note the U.S. Supreme Court found, as recently as 1980, the Bible may be “integrated into the school curriculum, where the Bible may constitutionally be used in an appropriate study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, or the like.”
The group’s website includes a .pdf copy of the proposal for signature gatherers to use, as well as instructions on how to properly collect them.
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