[From the diaries by susanbhu]
Because apparently they feel the need to teach the Bible in public school:
The school board in this West Texas town voted unanimously to add a Bible class to its high school curriculum.
Hundreds of people, most of them supporters of the proposal, packed the board meeting Tuesday night. More than 6,000 Odessa residents had signed a petition supporting the class. More after the fold . . .
Not that this has anything to do with religion. No, of course not.
No, it’s purely for its vital educational value:
“How can students understand Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ or Handel’s ‘Messiah’ if they don’t understand the reference from which they came?” Johnson said.
How indeed? Thank you Odessa. Once again Texas has led the way in showing us the face of true educational reform. Why, makes me want to pull out my Bible to check on all that Middle Eastern geography right now.