Need a reason why the Bible and all other religious texts should be kept at home/church and out of schools? Here’s one for you. A professor has apparently been fired for using the Bible academically in his western civilization class after being threatened with a lawsuit for telling a student outside of class that he did not take the story of Adam and Eve literally.
“I put the Hebrew religion on the same plane as any other religion. Their god wasn’t given any more credibility than any other god,” Bitterman said. “I told them it was an extremely meaningful story, but you had to see it in a poetic, metaphoric or symbolic sense, that if you took it literally, that you were going to miss a whole lot of meaning there.”
Bitterman said he called the story of Adam and Eve a “fairy tale” in a conversation with a student after the class and was told the students had threatened to see an attorney. He declined to identify any of the students in the class.
Need I remind you that these are not 10 year old kids, but young adults?
The fact of the matter is that the Bible cannot be taught as an academic text. It’s not. It’s a religious text and until it’s gods are dead, it’s going to remain that way. There’s no way around it. The majority of the American population is quite emotionally attached to that book and the special place it assigns them in the grand scheme of things.
They will not take kindly to being told differently under any circumstances.