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Religious leaders react to Tyler ISD Bible classes

Tyler Independent School District has announced they will begin offering social studies electives based on the Bible for the upcoming school year

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.

What do you think about Tyler ISD offering these classes?