Proposed W.Va. bill would require schools to offer Bible class as an elective

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A proposed bill in the West Virginia Senate could require all schools to provide an elective course on the Bible.

Senate Bill 252 is sponsored by State Senators Mike Azinger and Sue Cline.

According to the proposed legislation, the course would be taught on either Hebrew scriptures or the Bible.

The bill would allow students to use a translation of their choice.

According to the bill, the elective course would "teach students knowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture."

The bill requires federal and state laws be followed regarding religious neutrality, while accommodating the diverse religious views of students.

SB 252 has been sent to the education committee.