TYLER, Texas — Tyler ISD is introducing Bible-based classes as an elective in their schools. CBS19 spoke to different religious leaders in the community to find out what they thought. 

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"I think it's great that students have the chance to choose this elective to study biblical text," the Rabbi at Congregation Beth-El, Neal Katz, said. "I know there's a Hebrew scripture class for old testament studies, and there's a new testament class and I think it's great."

I think it is a wonderful addition for curriculum studies, especially as an elective," New Life Community Church Pastor, Vernon Robertson, said. "In other countries, the Bible is taught. I think there are a lot of things that students can learn from the bible." 

"The Muslim community doesn't really have a problem with T-I-S-D doing a bible class as long as they have qualified teachers to teach the class," a spokesperson for East Texas Islamic Society, Anwar Khalifia, said.

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