Alabama school board approves 2nd Bible textbook

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The State Board of Education is giving Alabama's public schools a second choice of books for teaching about the Bible.

The board voted unanimously Thursday to approve "The Bible in History and Literature," which was developed by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools.

The vote came a year after the board made Alabama the first state to approve the use of "The Bible and Its Influence," published by the Bible Literacy Project.

That textbook had drawn criticism from some conservatives.

State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton said the board approved "The Bible and Its Influence" first because it was the only book submitted last year for Alabama's elective course on the Bible.

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