LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- More controversy for Governor Matt Bevin as he encourages students to participate in tomorrow’s national “Bring your Bible to School Day”.
The video has been viewed more than 65-thousand times and racked up hundreds of comments, In it the governor urges students to bring their bibles to school, a statement that’s sparked the continual debate over religion in the classroom.
“I want to encourage every young person in Kentucky on October the Fifth to bring their bible to school. Use it as a point of conversation with other students.This is absolutely your right to do this. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise,” said Gov. Bevin in the video posted to his Facebook page.
Gov. Bevin posted this video to his Facebook page on Tuesday and since then it’s ignited a firestorm of both praise and furry.
In the video Bevin encourages students to participate in “Bring your Bible to School Day”, national student-led movement urging students to celebrate religious freedom by carrying their bibles to class.
But the governor’s endorsement of this movement has touched a nerve in the debate over religion in the classroom.
Hundreds of people took to Facebook in the hours since it was posted to share their opinion on the topic.
Ina Robinson of eastern Kentucky wrote that she was “so proud of Kentucky” and wants “God first, bring it all back.”
But others like Jeremy Harbolt of Louisville did not share that enthusiasm, writing “If you want kids to learn the bible in school send them to a catholic or private school.”
When it comes to the law, religious texts are allowed in schools any day, students can read scripture, pray or show any other religious expression.
It’s the official teaching of religion as a part of a public school’s curriculum that the courts have ruled unconstitutional.
“Schools can educate about all religions. They can’t promote any particular religion. They can’t denigrate any particular religion,” said Amber Duke of the ACLU of Kentucky.
Still, the governor’s backing of this movement has cause many to question if he himself is crossing that line.
Tracy Powell-Mccoy of Richmond wrote on Facebook, “Is this necessary for a governor to do?”, calling it “extreme pandering to his right-wing base” and pleading to “keep religion out of politics.”
Others however like Steve King of Richmond praised the governor writing, “we need more Christians to stand up”.
National bring your bible to school day is tomorrow.
Fayette County Schools will be off for fall break but many other districts around the area will be in session.