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National Council on Bible Curriculum

Greensboro, North Carolina The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCOBCIPS) is the group behind the controversial Bible curriculum in Lee County, Florida public schools. NCOBCIPS wanted the students to learn the New Testament story of the resurrection of Jesus.

The NCOBCIPS employs carefully worded literature to promote its goal of teaching the Bible in all of America's public schools. The group claims, "We are teaching the Bible as history and literature as an elective for credit. We are teaching the Bible, not preaching it."

However, a look at NCOBCIPS's board of directors and advisory committee may lead one to question whether this group sees the Bible as anything other than historical truth. Howard Phillips of the Conservative Caucus and the US Taxpayers' Party is a board member. Phillips is a student of R.J. Rushdoony, the father of Christian Reconstructionism a movement that teaches that every aspect of society should be based upon and governed by the Bible.

At least two other Reconstructionists are members of NCOBCIPS's advisory committee. They are Rus Walton of the Plymouth Rock Foundation and D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries.

On the cover of a revealing 24-page booklet obtained by Freedom Writer, the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools states: "The Bible A Foundation Document of Society." The group claims that since the Bible has been taken out of public schools, the US is number one in violent crime, divorce, illegal drug use, and illiteracy.

In promoting the Bible course to school boards, NCOBCIPS suggests the showing of "the first twelve minutes of the David Barton video." Barton is the author of the book, The Myth of Separation, an attack on the separation between church and state.

Groups supporting the Bible curriculum include Rev. Donald Wildmon's American Family Association and Pat Robertson's American Center for Law and Justice.

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