JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the Missouri Capitol, Neosho Representative, Ben Baker, presented a bill that would allow public high schools to teach historical bible classes as an elective.
Baker says the classes would focus on how the bible influenced our Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution.
Classes would not focus on religion or theology and would be taught by a Social Studies teacher.
Most lawmakers were in favor in the bill, however, a few brought up separation from church and state concerns.
Baker says similar legislation has already passed in 7 states.
Plus, the bill is getting some local support.
The College of the Ozarks put out a release saying the school supports it and even President Trump tweeted last month support for states introducing bible literacy classes.
The bill in Missouri passed an initial hearing Tuesday afternoon and now moves to another committee for approval.