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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.

 

Image by George Bannister via Flickr Creative Commons

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.

  • Debbie Soares

    The federal government should be mandating that no one person or state has the right to place the Bible in public schools. This would be an infringement on the rights of the children. You have children of every belief in our schools. Why would you want to force them into your ideology? Do you feel your religion or ideology is better than what they have been taught and worship? Green you are not GOD, if wanted only one religion, he would have made only one religion. Did you know that Buddhist believe in the one and only supreme being, the same as you do. Do you know that Buddha’s teachings are very similar to those of Jesus, love, compassion, understanding. Why are you trying to force your religious ideology on the children. The state of Oklahoma had no right to allow this curriculum in public schools. If they want to teach Bible study after school, they can offer it.

  • Mark Lasky

    What a vile personal comment you made Joshua ”

    The man who doesn’t want the public – e.g. his whorish employees – to “infringe” on his religious beliefs.
    I guess your readers know what you think about women??
    What a scumbag.
    And I dare you to prove that the myth of Neanderthal as an ancestor is true? go ahead scumbag?