Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green Hopes to “Mandate” His Bible Curriculum in Public Schools
Steve Green, one of the owners of Hobby Lobby, has become something of a Christian Warrior. After the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Green hopes to make an even larger impact on our national fabric, setting his sights on the children. According to RawStory.com, Green has developed a four-year “Bible curriculum” which is being “beta-tested in Oklahoma’s Mustang Public School district beginning in the Fall of 2014.”
Yes, you read that right. The man who doesn’t want the public – e.g. his whorish employees – to “infringe” on his religious beliefs, is planning to inflict those beliefs on children in taxpayer-funded public schools. Right now, the course is listed as an elective, but according to a speech posted on the liberal blog Daily Kos, Green said, “Someday, I would argue, it should be mandated.”
Learning about the Bible – perhaps the most influential book in human history – is not necessarily a bad thing. However, treating the book as a science or even historical text is far different from learning about a series of very important cultural myths.
Because, whether you are a believer or not, there is no question that the stories in the Bible are mythological in nature. Mass genocides, wars, god-like beings descending from on-high, are themes common in the mythology of almost every culture. In fact, what’s most interesting about them is how cultures separated by time and distance – meaning no possibility of communication – developed similar mythic stories, which suggests that these stories could be intrinsic to understanding mankind.
Yet, according to images posted on Patheos.com, Green’s course treats the Bible as historical fact. One such example is the leading way in which they pose the question of the Bible’s accuracy. Rather than asking simply “Is the Bible historically accurate?” they ask “How do we know that the Bible’s Historical Narratives are Reliable?” In presupposing that it is, the question stifles academic debate rather than encouraging it.
The Bible is a remarkable piece of literature, and learning about it public school isn’t a terrible idea (although, I’d much rather see the resurgence of art and music programs rather than a four-year close-reading course). Of course, in this case, the course is one that would turn public schools into parochial schools as yet another way in which Christians are trying to reinforce its dominance as the primary American faith system.
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