ATLANTA — Public high schools in Georgia could soon have greater freedom to offer courses on Christianity under legislation approved by the state House.

Passed by a vote of 122-44 Tuesday, the proposal would allow schools to teach electives on the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

Previously, schools could offer courses on the "History and Literature of" the Old and New Testament eras. Schools wouldn't be required to offer any courses.

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The underlying bill passed the Senate in March. But it must go back to the Senate to consider House changes, including additional language about an unrelated scholarship program.

Sen. Jeff Mullis, author of the original bill, says it's about giving schools options and flexibility.

Critics worry that crafting the law around one certain religion violates neutrality standards.

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