Poll: Split Over Bibles In Schools

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Americans are split down the middle over whether teaching the Bible in public schools crosses the line separating church and state, according to a CBS News poll.

Forty-six percent of those polled said there's no problem teaching the Bible in a public school, while the same number says it is a problem.

Those for whom religion is extremely or very important in their own lives are more likely to welcome teaching the Bible in public schools, while those for whom religion is just somewhat or not important are more likely to feel it crosses the church/state line.

DOES TEACHING THE BIBLE VIOLATE CHURCH/STATE SEPARATION?

ALL

Yes, violates
46%
No, does not
46%

IMPORTANCE OF RELIGION IN OWN LIFE:

Extremely/very

Yes, violates
34%
No, does not
58%

Somewhat/not at all

Yes, violates
64%
No, does not
30%

Americans are more open to the idea of teaching the Bible as a piece of literature, in classes such as English or Social Studies. Sixty-four percent of Americans think public schools should be allowed to teach the Bible this way.

Nearly half of Americans, 49 percent, would like to see religious and spiritual values have more influence in schools, while just 16 percent would like to see them have less influence. Thirty-two percent say things should stay about the same as they are now.
  • Joel Roberts

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