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Oklahoma Mandates Bible Instruction in Schools Amid Controversy

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Oklahoma's top education official has mandated that schools immediately begin incorporating the Bible into their curricula, creating a new cultural flashpoint over religion in the classroom. Republican state Superintendent Ryan Walters issued a directive requiring "immediate and strict compliance" with this new rule, which applies to all public school students aged 11 to 18.This decision follows Louisiana's recent law directing all public schools to display the Ten Commandments. In a statement, Walters described the Bible as an essential historical and

cultural reference, asserting that knowledge of it is crucial for understanding the foundation of the United States. Walters, elected in 2022 on a platform of combating "woke ideology" and eliminating "radical leftists" from the education system, emphasized that Oklahoma educational standards already provide for Bible instruction.The directive has drawn criticism from civil rights organizations and advocates for the separation of church and state. Rachel Laser, head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, condemned the move as "textbook

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Nationalism," accusing Walters of using his public office to impose his religious beliefs on students.Walters has previously argued that secularists in the US have created a state religion of atheism by removing faith from public spaces. In an op-ed last year, he claimed that President Joe Biden and teacher unions had replaced biblical values with "woke, anti-education values."The Interfaith Alliance also criticized the directive as "blatant religious coercion," emphasizing that true religious freedom means no single religious group should impose

views on all Americans.This controversy comes shortly after Louisiana's mandate for Ten Commandments displays in classrooms, which has already prompted legal challenges. Civil rights groups argue that such displays violate the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion, and unduly pressure students to adopt the state's favored religion. Previous legal battles over similar issues, such as the Supreme Court's 1980 decision in Stone v. Graham, have established precedents that opponents of the directive are likely to cite in future legal contests.

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