I was overjoyed to learn that you are introducing the study of the Bible into public schools of Kentucky. I congratulate you on your fearless and total disregard of the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights in order to do this. It is high time that those godless liberals who corrupt our precious children by teaching all sorts of atheistic things be put in their place by those eternal truths that Jesus Christ and his father represent.

It does occur to me that there are more than 450 translations of the Bible into English, of which the New Revised Standard Version is the most popular, with the King James in a strong second place, at least among the fundamentalists of this country. Which one of the 450 do you plan to choose?

Which also brings to mind the different sects of the Christian religion we have here, because you will have to choose those whose representatives will be entrusted to impart the holy word of God to our innocent little lambs. 

There are Catholics, Adventists, Baptists, Congregationalists, Lutherans, Methodists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and God knows with what sect these community megachurches ally themselves. So which of God’s messengers will you chose to interpret the Bible translations, whatever that will be?

I personally don’t believe you should stop with just the Bible in bringing religion to our public schools. 

After all, there are also many books such as the Quran, Book of Mormon, Bhagavad Gita, Guru Tranth Sahib, Tripitaka, Torah, Agamas, Kojiki and Kitabi-Agolas, all of which profess some access to Holy Writ. It would be a shame to leave any of them out.

These would be decisions that I’m not qualified to make, but I trust that you have considered all these alternatives prayerfully before signing the recent Bible bill.

Dr. Jan Bach

DeKalb, Illinois 

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