Alabama’s House Bill 133, which would “authorize local boards of education to include released time religious instruction as an elective course for high school students”, cleared the Alabama House Education Policy Committee on February 29, 2012. As discussed previously, this legislation is probably unconstitutional, violating the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution, mainly because the school boards would be responsible for setting the curriculum. I didn’t realize this before, but each child could have access to studies about their own religion. So there would have to be credit given for Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Christian (and which sect of christianity would be taught). And what about atheists? I guess those kids could actually study something real, like science. Then get the great jobs. And discover the cure for a disease. Then the anti-science religious student will come begging for the cure.
Oh, I’m just being excessively cynical.
The arrogance of the Republican legislators in Alabama is just appalling. Most legislatures try to write the law to do it’s best to avoid lawsuits, which they always lose. But Alabama must think that the US Constitution doesn’t apply in their state, one with one of the worst educational systems in the country.