CASSELTON, N.D. (Valley News Live)- A bill being proposed by several North Dakota lawmakers is concerning to some members of the public.
The legislators are proposing that the Bible be taught in high schools as a required elective course in the social studies curriculum.
The legislatures that introduced the bill are Representative McWilliams and Kasper and Senator Kannianen and Larsen.
McWilliams says the intention of the bill is to offer a class that looks at the historical significance of the Bible.
However, on the other side, the Superintendent of Central Cass Schools says this bill has merit, but there's also challenges to it.
"I think the Constitution is clear about the separation about Church and State. I think when you mandate one particular faith, learning about one particular faith over another, you probably cross that line," says Superintendent Morgan Forness.
And Forness says to require students to take this elective course will also be a challenge.
"People like local control, and they probably want to choose their own electives vs. having a mandated elective," says Superintendent Forness.
But Forness says offering a world religion elective would be better for students, rather then making students learn the Old and New Testament of the Bible.
"Broad spectrum awareness is a good thing, it's certainly part of our history," says Forness.
Mr. Norman, who teaches Social Studies at Central Cass High School says he already touches on religion in his classroom.
"To make sure kids are informed about religion. To make sure they know how to interact with other religions. And to know how religion has evolved over time," says Mr. Matteson Norman, High School Social Studies teacher.
Mr. Norman says he'll be discussing this proposed bill in his class next week.
Senator Kannianen says he expects a number of Senators to vote in favor of this bill, but adds that it could be a challenge to get it passed.
So lawmakers are planning to amend the bill next Tuesday. Changing the language to make it an Ancient Bible Studies course and make it a clear general elective.