House panel takes no action on requiring public school Bible classes

AUSTIN, Texas  A state House committee took no action on a bill to require school districts to offer high school-level courses on the Old and New Testaments.

The House Public Education Committee considered the bill at a hearing yesterday, but took no vote on the measure sponsored by state Representative Warren Chisum.

The Pampa Republican says the measure would allow students to investigate links between the Bible and the U-S system of laws. But critics say such courses tend to promote religious views that discriminate against various other faiths.

The proposal is House Bill 1287.

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