Adventist Media Response and Conversation

Sunday, February 03, 2019

False news from Adventist Today.

I have not written much lately as the two sites I used to mention most often Adventist Today and Spectrum have become nothing more than political Progressive echo chambers. As such I hesitate to reference them or add to their traffic. Most of their articles are incredibly poor and now it appears their so-called news is equally poor. Take for example this news article:

Notice the implication in the title. Require Bible Classes. In fact it would have required elective Bible class options for students. The so-called news article directs to a very short Fox TV post. The issue was covered by much more comprehesive articles such as USA Today's article.

Bible classes in public schools? Why Christian lawmakers are pushing a wave of new bills

Not a great article but at least it gives a little more information. Now real information would be to give people a link to the actual bill. Not hard to find and then the reporter could actually confirm that in fact, the classes were to be electives.

The bill SB2136 amends the present law specifically as follows, they even underline it in the bill so you and so-called reporters can easily see the changes. Apparently, the commenters on Facebook were unable to look up the information as well, so they all appear to work from the same faulty information. Sort of the hallmark of Progressivism in my opinion.

SECTION 1. AMENDMENT. Section 15.1-21-02 of the North Dakota Century Code is amended and reenacted as follows: 15.1-21-02. High schools - Required units. 1. In order toTo be approved by the superintendent of public instruction, each public and nonpublic high school shall make available to each student: a. Four units of English language arts from a sequence that includes literature, composition, and speech; b. Four units of mathematics, including: (1) One unit of algebra II; and (2) One unit for which algebra II is a prerequisite; c. Four units of science, including: (1) One unit of physical science; and (2) One unit of biology; d. Four units of social studies, including: (1) One unit of world history; (2) One unit of United States history; and (3) (a) One unit of problems of democracy; or (b) One-half unit of United States government and one-half unit of economics; e. One-half unit of health; Page No. 1 19.0488.02000 SENATE BILL NO. 2136 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Sixty-sixth Legislative Assembly f. One-half unit of physical education during each school year, provided that once every four years the unit must be a concept-based fitness class that includes instruction in the assessment, improvement, and maintenance of personal fitness; g. Two units of fine arts, at least one of which must be music; h. Two units of the same foreign or native American language; i. One unit of an advanced placement course or one unit of a dual-credit course; and j. Two units of career and technical education from a coordinated plan of study recommended by the department of career and technical education and approved by the superintendent of public instruction; and k. One - half unit of the old testament of the Bible or the new testament of the Bible, or one - half unit of instruction covering both the old and new testaments of the Bible. 2. In addition to the requirements of subsection 1, each public and nonpublic high school shall make available to each student, at least once every two years, one-half unit of North Dakota studies, with an emphasis on the geography, history, and agriculture of this state. 
Legislative Assembly 4. Three units of social studies, including of which any one - half unit may be replaced by Bible studies. Social studies units include: 

The question is why would Adventist Today propagate such a misleading version of the story. Why not say ND has a bill proposal to provide as an elective course bible related courses (or half unit courses to be precise).

There is a reason, when religion becomes politics and Christianity seems to always play a far second to political progressive ideas.

In case you wonder why I don't comment on the Adventist Today Facebook comments section it is because I am not allowed to comment there by their decision. Because free ideas are not apparently all that important to the folks at Adventist Today...where at one time I wrote for them...funny how that works.

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