Senate Committee Passes High School Bible Elective

The Montgomery Advertiser reports today that the Senate version of a bill to establish a high school elective called “The Bible and Its Influence” passed out of committee on a 4-2 vote. The bill is sponsored by Rules Chair Jim Preuitt, D – Talladega.

[Sen. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope] predicted a Republican-led filibuster of the bill if the textbook language isn’t changed.

“The Republicans look stupid on this issue,” said Randy Brinson, chairman of Redeem the Vote’s board. Brinson characterizes the committee-passed bill as a move to “increase the comfort level of school boards to offer Bible courses.”

The Republican filibuster of the House version of the bill was featured in the Washington Monthly story, “When Would Jesus Bolt?” that I mentioned below. The article is recommended reading and tells how evangelical Christians like Randy Brinson are re-considering the question of which party best serves their interests.

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