A tweet from President Trump was the subject of discussion and scrutiny on Monday, and this time, the topic wasn't one of his habitual ones. He wrote, "Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!" Politico reports the tweet came 30 minutes after Fox & Friends did a segment on the move to add these elective courses in public schools. The segment featured North Dakota Rep. Aaron McWilliams, the co-sponsor of one such bill. Politico notes that Trump's tweet wasn't exactly correct in that no state has passed a bill along these lines. What you need to know:
- Politico cites a USA Today article published last Wednesday on the "wave of 'Bible literacy' bills." It's a good primer that details how lawmakers in six states—Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia—have in 2019 introduced bills that would mandate or encourage public schools to carry classes narrowly focused on the Bible from a historical and literary perspective. In 2017, Kentucky instituted a Bible studies law that offered guidelines for public schools regarding the electives.