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Green family postpones launch of Bible curriculumcomment (0)

August 7, 2014


MUSTANG, Okla. — Fresh off their victory in the Supreme Court, the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, appear to have hit a stumbling block in one of their other projects — a potentially controversial public school elective on the Bible.

On July 16 the nonprofit led by Steve Green announced it was postponing the August introduction of the curriculum adopted by the Mustang, Okla., school district.

“We have operated on an aggressive timeline to deliver the curriculum for the upcoming school year,” wrote Jerry Pattengale, editor for the projected four-year high school syllabus, in a prepared statement. But “unforeseen delays” necessitated postponing the debut until January 2015.

Pattengale said, “We will continue to work with Mustang and other school districts that have shown interest” in the program.

But when the Mustang school board made 220 pages of the book public, church-state experts suggested that its claims and assumptions amounted to teaching the Bible from a particular religious perspective, which the Supreme Court has banned in public schools.

The book had already undergone significant revision. But Pattengale told Time magazine in June that he intended to make more changes to correct “overreaching.”

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