by John Ellis
My high school basketball coach was fond of saying, “Good idea, bad execution.” That’s a helpful saying that I’ve frequently used over the years, especially now that I have kids. Proposing a twist on the platitude, I suggest that, at times, an idea may be bad because there is very little chance that the execution could ever be good. The state of West Virginia is on the verge of implementing a bad idea because there is very little reason to believe that the state’s execution of the idea will be anything but atrocious.
A bill recently introduced to the West Virginia legislature calls for public schools (and private schools, too, I think, which I find odd) to offer Bible classes as a history elective for high schoolers. Many evangelicals are undoubtedly applauding the bill. As for me, I’m having a hard time seeing how it won’t be enacted poorly, if passed. In my latest for PJ Media, I provide some reasons why I’m opposed to West Virginia, or any state, for that matter, offering Bible classes in their public schools.
Side note: when I pitched the article linked to below, my editor disagreed with my opinion (she still may, she hasn’t mentioned if my arguments within the article have swayed her). I mention this to point out that PJ Media does not censor its columnists, nor does the site expect uniformity of thought/beliefs across its platform. I’m thankful for that, as should be the readers.
To read why I believe Bible classes in public schools is a bad idea, click the link below.