South Dakota Addresses Bible In Schools

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PIERRE, S.D.  A measure encouraging South Dakota schools to provide academic instruction on the Bible won final approval Monday from the state Legislature despite criticism from some lawmakers that it could blur the line between government and religion.

The Senate voted 25-10 to pass the non-binding resolution, which has no force of law. The House passed the measure last week. State Sen. Elizabeth Kraus said students need to learn about the Bible because it permeates culture, laws and literature. She said many young people know very little about the Bible, and schools can provide instruction on it without promoting religion.

 But Sen. Tom Hansen said he opposes the measure because it could get government involved in religious issues.