Paying for Sunday School

Sunday school is coming to a Texas public high school near you.

A school board in Odessa, TX, recently voted to add Bible study to the 2006 public high school curriculum. The council said it was an acceptable, secular history class, worthy of taxpayer dollars. So, what is our children learning? The texbooks:

— Teach creationism over evolution

— Give credence to dubious assertions that the Constitution is based on the Scriptures.

— Repeat the urban legend that NASA findings show that “the earth stopped twice in its orbit, in support of the literal truth of the biblical text that the sun stood still in Joshua and II Kings.”

— And “throughout most of the last 2,000 years, the majority of men living in the Western world have accepted the statements of the Scriptures as genuine.” (These words, by the way, are directly from the radical, evangelical Grant R. Jeffrey Ministries’ Prophecy on Line. )