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Bible class bill advances to House - Gillette News Record: News

Bible class bill advances to House

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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 11:13 am, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

CHEYENNE - Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing statutes to make it clear that schools have the right to teach classes about the Bible.

The House Education Committee voted 5-4 to back the proposal Wednesday, sending it to the full House for debate.

The bill states that high schools can offer elective classes on the Bible. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Stephen Watt of Rock Springs, said the classes wouldn't advocate for or against any religion.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that some lawmakers oppose the bill because such classes are already allowed.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled several times that public schools can offer classes about the Bible but can't use it for devotional purposes.

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