North Dakota Senate rejects Bible classes bill

January 25, 2019 GMT

BISAMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has killed a bill that that would require all schools to offer classes on the Bible.

Senators rejected the bill 42-5 on Friday.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s North Dakota chapter says the measure championed by Republican Sen. Oley Larson is “blatantly unconstitutional” and would likely lead to litigation if approved by the Legislature.

Larson is a former teacher from Minot. He wants schools to offer curriculum that covers the Old Testament, the New Testament or a combination of the two. But he says students would not have to take it.