Chesterfield County recently voted to adopt The Bible and Its Influence as the textbook for a high-school elective class on the Bible. In Odessa, Texas, a Bible elective, and the lawsuit that challenged it garnered national headlines. The case was settled out of court when the Odessa School District agreed to drop the curriculum. Has Chesterfield chosen a better curriculum? How does a school district teach the Bible and stay within the limits of the Constitution? Do teachers need special preparation to teach the Bible? What are students expected to learn in a class that addresses the Bible?
A panel of nationally recognized experts will debate these hot-button issues:
- Rebecca K. Glenberg, legal director at the Virginia American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Eric Kniffen, legal counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, DC
- Kent Richards, Executive Director Emeritus of the Society for Biblical Literature, the nation’s largest scholarly organization for Bible experts, headquartered at the Luce Center, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
A community panel comprised of educators, parents and faith leaders will ask questions.
The debate, on Sunday, March 6, 2011, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Virginia Commonwealth University Student Commons Theater at 907 Floyd Avenue, is free and open to the public.