August 12, 2012
Knoxville Sunday school reading assignment stirs up controversy
A recent reading assignment in an East Tennessee Sunday school class has at least one student's parents up in arms. Students at the Fourth Baptist Church in West Knoxville were assigned a book called the New International Version of the Bible. Matthew Macy, the parent of a 14-year-old high school freshman, is calling the text "inappropriate" and says it never should have been part of the Sunday school's curriculum. Macy pointed out one sentence on page 854 that reads, "Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks." "My son is only 14," said Macy. "But he's reading stories about concubines being cut into 12 pieces and all of humanity being drowned except for a guy in a floating zoo and bears mauling people who make fun of bald men. Well, honestly, I can kind of get behind that bear one. But, yeah, and I thought Daniel Wilson's book 'Robopocalypse' being part of my son's English curriculum was rough."
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