Speak Out: A little more reverence, respect
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Almost seven years have passed since Calhoun County voters allowed me the honor of serving on their school board. Most knew the reason for our desire centered highly on a promise of an effort to install Bible literature as an elective course in our seven high schools and from there, hopefully, statewide.

The parameters for this course also stipulated that it be taught by a certified English or history teacher and that it be taught to educate, not indoctrinate. Thus, the journey began.

Hardly a month goes by that some parent, school board member or superintendent does not invite me to speak somewhere to their board on their desire for this course. Around 80 Alabama high schools now have 10 to 25 students in each school every year studying from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Nationally, 778 school districts and 2,377 high schools in 38 states offer the course. A curriculum has now been requested and received from half of Alabama’s school districts. More than 550,000 students in these 38 states have now earned a credit towards graduation by taking this course.

We have tried to market this effort with utmost professionalism, and the reception has been humbling. Our students are our most valuable possession and the Bible is the world’s most requested textbook. China now rivals America for printing copies of the Bible. Go figure? Is it working? One example, you decide.

I asked one of our earliest participants that first year in 2007. There are scores of positive comments, but this one always resounds. This outside of Calhoun County principal said, “Phil, I am sure the class has made a positive impact for our 20 students but the benefits school-wide have been dramatic. Twenty students taking their Bibles to class appear to have all but eliminated hall disturbances during that hour. The scenario has created a reverence hard to explain.”

So we travel on and refuse to quit. A little more reverence and respect from today’s young people is good news, regardless of your opinion.

Phil Murphy

Anniston

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