SACRAMENTO (AP) Bibles would be given to every public school student in California, unless parents object, under a proposed ballot measure.
Matt McLaughlin, a Huntington Beach attorney, began Monday to collect the required 598,105 signatures for the ballot initiative. It would amend the state constitution to allow use of the King James Version as a literature textbook, without devotional or denominational purpose, in elementary, middle and high schools.
McLaughlin said the Bible is literature and many believe that an educated person needs to be ''biblically literate.'' He said the measure addresses concerns over church-state separation.
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