Kentucky's Senate has approved a measure allowing Bible classes in public schools.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Boswell, D-Owensboro, allows schools to offer courses in the bible as electives, meaning no student would be required to take them.
"The Bible is the most influential book ever written," Boswell said during a speech on the Senate floor.
The proposal overwhelmingly cleared the senate by a 37 to 1 vote and will now be taken up by the House.
The only "no" vote was cast by Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, who questioned the constitutionality of teaching the Bible in public schools.
She added, "Public schools in Kentucky can and already do teach comparative religion."