NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) --
Gov. Bill Haslam is raising questions about a legislative proposal to
ban Tennessee schools from teaching about "religious doctrine" before
the 10th grade, saying it could have unexpected consequences.
For instance, the Republican governor said the proposal could prevent younger students from learning why the Pilgrims decided to leave Europe.
"I don't know how you talk about the founding of America, and what became of the United States, without talking about religious doctrine," Haslam told reporters last week. "Now, that's very different than indoctrinating, or teaching that doctrine as truth." (link)