Massac County High School Principal Danny Stevens said the Bible course would be taught from the perspective of history.
The American Civil Liberties Union is attacking an Illinois high school's plan to offer its students a Bible class next fall, saying religion has no place being taught in a public school system.
But Massac County High School officials say they're offering students a valuable history lesson, not pushing one religion over another.
"We needed more electives and felt it would be a worthwhile class," said Principal Danny Stevens, who plans to offer the course to juniors and seniors. "We are aware of the separation of church and state and are not promoting one religion over another or promoting the values of living a religious lifestyle over living a secular lifestyle."
Stevens said instruction will not resemble a "Sunday school class" and insisted students will be taught from the perspective of history, focusing on how that history has influenced decision-making in modern society.