As of Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Senator Nuxoll has introduced SB 1342. The bill codifies the practice of using the Bible as reference document in public schools.
This would allow Idaho teachers to use the Bible as a science reference. Nuxoll claims 10 other states have similar bills. This is true; however, she isn’t telling the whole story. Those other states use the Bible in literature and history classes … not science classes.
Indeed, the Bible is an important book like the books written by Mark Twain, Ernest Hemmingway and John Steinbeck.
Although the words “separation of church and state” do not appear in the First Amendment to the Constitution, the establishment clause was intended to separate church from state.
Senator Nuxoll’s one-paragraph bill says “the Bible would be expressly permitted for use as a reference for…“astronomy, biology and geology.”
This leaves the door open for teachers to disregard science texts and teach science based entirely on Bible quotes.
Is this what we want?
Our tax dollars will be used to fund court battles that will be easily won by the plaintiffs.
What about Idaho high school students who want to study medicine or wildlife biology in college? Will a reputable college or university admit someone from Idaho who is certain the earth is 6,000 years old?