In principle, I’m in favor of having schoolchildren read the Bible, and, more generally, study about religion. And in principle, that’s not a politically conservative stance. How are students supposed to understand Martin Luther King without understanding Martin Luther?
In practice, though, how likely is it that we’ll be able to keep “Bible classes” from turning into little fundamentalist madrassas , especially in the places where “putting God back in the schools” has the greatest political appeal?
And no, I don’t know what to do about it, either.