School board votes to approve Bible textbook

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Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Chesterfield County School Board has finally made a decision about a textbook for a Bible course.

This topic has been in and out of our news since last spring.

At a meeting here last night, the school board voted to approve a textbook - but that was still with some division amongst members.

Chesterfield County decided to offer an elective course on the Bible's impact on history a couple of years ago, but a lack of funding and interest has kept it off the schedule so far.

The school board has continued to review textbooks for the class, which has stirred up a lot of interest especially when the ACLU claimed one option promoted a religious interpretation of the Bible and didn't have a place in schools.

The board made a choice last night, but it wasn't without caution.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that school board member Marshall Trammell said, "Religion is a very personal thing. We need to be clear that we're not promoting the Bible. We are not trying to impose one religion over another."

Moments earlier, another board member, Omarh Rajah, called the Bible the greatest book of all time and said "it was time to rejoice as they jumped across this hurdle."

No word on when the Bible course will be offered, but it likely won't be next year.

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