Bibles would be given to every public school student in California unless parents objected under a proposed ballot measure by an Orange County man.
The secretary of state´s office gave the go-ahead Monday to Matt McLaughlin who will begin collecting signatures for the ballot initiative that would allow the use of the Bible as a textbook in literature classes. He must collect 598,105 signatures by May 24th.
Voters would decide whether to amend the state´s constitution authorizing the voluntary use of the Authorized or King James Version Bibles for classes in elementary, middle and high schools.
The secretary of state´s office says the study of the Bible in public schools would be without devotional or denominational purpose.