Home > Uncategorized > Iowa Legislature Debating Bible Literacy. It SHOULD Debate Funding Inequity… for “Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the Lord.”

Iowa Legislature Debating Bible Literacy. It SHOULD Debate Funding Inequity… for “Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the Lord.”

The Google feed that provides articles on public education today linked me to a Des Moines Register article by Mackenzie Ryan describing legislation under consideration in the Iowa House that would require schools to offer courses on “Bible Literacy” and would require the State Department of Education to develop the guidelines for that course.

I recalled that Iowa was one of many states struggling with equitable funding, and a quick Google search led me to this Iowa Gazette article by Molly Duffy describing the funding inequities that exist in Iowa, inequities that are likely to be exacerbated if the cuts to the USDOE budget are enacted as part of the budget deal under consideration in Congress.

It is maddening to see time being spent on immaterial and unconstitutional issues like teaching religion in public schools, particularly in cases where the legislatures should be tackling tough issues like funding disparities. But if Iowa should be required to offer a course on Bible literacy, I suggest the State Department’s curriculum include these verses:

2 Corinthians 8:13

Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.

James 2:1-5

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?

Proverbs 20:10

Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the Lord.

 

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