As superintendent of public schools in Odessa, Texas, Wendell Sollis is proud of the class he helped start in two county high schools. The elective course uses the King James Bible as the textbook and claims to teach the Bible's role in history.
I sat in Sollis' office and listened as he described how the teachers were trained to not promote one religious viewpoint over another. To do so, he said, would be unconstitutional.
When I asked Sollis if he would be surprised if he were ever sued because of this class, he said, "Yes." But now, just two days later, that's exactly what's happened.
Eight parents filed suit in federal court claiming the class is unconstitutional because it promotes particular religious beliefs to children in their community.
The suit alleges that the curriculum created by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools teaches students a literal interpretation of the Bible. It also claims that alternative points of view are ignored or dismissed.
A representative from the National Council claims its curriculum gives equal and fair treatment to all Judeo-Christian perspectives. The Council claims its curriculum has been used in 382 school districts in 37 states. If this is true, there will no doubt be a lot of people watching how this lawsuit turns out.
-- By David Mattingly, CNN Correspondent