Idaho bible study initiative's hopes grow dim

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April 23, 2010

BOISE, Idaho: Legislation may be the best option for a proposed ballot initiative that would allow schools in the state to offer Bible study classes. According to initiative leader Chuck Seldon, the effort has obtained only 5,000 signatures, which is no where near the required 51,712 needed to place the measure on the November 2, 2010 ballot. Initiative efforts must submit their signatures to the Idaho Secretary of State on April 30, 2010 in order to be considered for the ballot. Seldon stated, "It’s pointless to go any further with the initiative, except for the fact that it does educate people. We feel that we can get a bill through the Legislature."[1]

According to Seldon, he has gathered the support of at least a dozen legislators for the measure to brought up in session instead in the next coming year. Senator Russell Fulcher has been rumored as the leader of the effort. Fulcher stated, " “We want to do something. It’s not a simple issue to address. There’s constitutional problems there … Idaho has a constitution that is more restrictive than the federal Constitution.”

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