- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

An Oklahoma school district is reportedly walking back plans to begin offering students an elective course on the Bible after facing pressure from a major atheist group.

The class, called “The Book: The Bible’s History, Narrative and Impact,” was developed, in part, by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, and it was set to launch in Mustang Public Schools, Raw Story reported.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said on its website Tuesday that the district canceled the class after Hobby Lobby allegedly did not provide the district with the final curriculum for approval and did not “commit to providing legal coverage” for offering the course.

“The topic of a Bible course in the Mustang School District is no longer a discussion item nor is there a plan to provide such a course in the foreseeable future,” superintendent Sean McDaniel wrote in an email response to FFRF.

The course curriculum said people should rest on the Sabbath because God did so after six days of creation, and says people risk God’s punishment if they do not obey him, according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press.

It was reported earlier this year that Mr. Green met with Mustang school board members in April in a different county, hours before the board approved the class as an elective, Raw Story reported.

Green’s involvement is much more than anyone is willing to admit, and they’ve been a bit disingenuous about it,’ FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel said after the course was approved, Raw Story reported. “They deliberately tried to keep the meetings closed to the public, which is not something you would hope to see with a public curriculum.”

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