by Tashun Chism
Youth pastor Luis Salazar is excited to hear about a Texas legislator's proposal to require pubic schools to teach bible classes.
"I think it's an excellent idea. I think it's important for our youth to know why our laws are the way that they are. Everyone knows and cannot argue that our country was founded on Christian principles," said Salazar
"I'm for it! I don't think they should have ever taken religion out of schools anyway because that's what this country was founded on, said Lufkin resident Morgan Watts.
Not everyone likes the plan. Those against the proposal believe it would impose Christian beliefs on Non-Christians. But even if the mandate is passed, the Bible classes would only be offered as electives. Legislative supporters say the purpose would be to teach the bible and not preach it.
"The bible as I understand it is a book of faith and intended to be a guide for faith. Not intended to be a historical document, and to promote that in any fashion is a misuse of the bible," said Lufkin ISD Superintendent Roy Knight.
Knight makes it clear that he's a Christian. His father was even a Methodist minister, but he doesn't agree with the proposal.
"There are other things that we can do to build our partnerships in our communities to strengthen the faith of our children. And certainly, if the only endeavor is to create a historical perspective, we can do that within the context of our world literature and world history classes as we do already," said Knight.
Many East Texans are as divided on whether the proposal will pass as they are about whether they think it should.
"I think it will pass for the simple that I think our state is in that bible belt, and so there are a lot of believers," said Salazar