On Tuesday, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin — the Appalachian Teabagger Champion that he is — signed into law a bill that would let the Bible be taught in public schools. Now, in theory, there’s nothing wrong with this. Comparative Theology is a legitimate field of study, and if you don’t understand the Bible, a whole lot of Western Literature doesn’t make much sense.
But let’s face it. We’ve seen this enough times before to know exactly where this is going. None of us were born yesterday, even though the Religious Right seems to think we’re as gullible and stupid as they are.
“It really did set the foundation that our founding fathers used to develop documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. All of those came from principles from the Bible.”
That quote comes from Rep. D.J. Johnson (R-Owensboro), who seems to think that the Bible takes a positive view of blasphemy (which is protected speech), or that “Thou shalt not have any gods before me” is compatible with “go ahead and worship however you want” (that pesky First Amendment again).
Of course, we all know it’s all about demanding special treatment. Since they were getting it yet again, Christians were rushing to do the most Christian thing imaginable: rub everyone’s nose in it.
And in response to the obvious question about including other faiths:
Christianity didn’t either, but let’s not let that get in the way of a good lie. The Religious Right sure doesn’t.