Famed British atheist supports placing Bibles in public schools

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  • Swedish reader Stockholm, Sweden
    May 25, 2012 1:44 a.m.

    Of course the bible should be in every school library, as should the Qouran, the Book of Mormon, and other writings sacred to cultures around the world. The more children can be taught to understand the beliefs of others, the easier it will be for them to look at people of another faith (or lack of it) with respect and understanding.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    Dawkins' action isn't so surprising. The KJV is a significant historical and cultural document and stands alone on the merit of that, regardless of its dubious spiritual provenance. I don't believe that Paris picked Aphrodite as the fairest and snagged Helen but that doesn't stop me from appreciating the Iliad. The KJV introduced any number of idioms into the language and is alluded to throughout English literature. It would be surprising for a school NOT to have a copy in its reference library.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    May 23, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    Having the books in the schools won't increase readership anyway. Go ahead and put them there, it won't make any real difference.

    Kids aren't interested in long lists of begats or rules that make no sense in reality (what is so wrong with wearing mixed fibers for instance?).

    Bible stories are good for entertaining little children, but they've all been taken out and tweaked to make them fun. The plain vanilla versions found in the bible, written in Olde English, are not going to garner interest. I expect they'll gather lots of dust.