Atheists Angry after School Determines Suggestive Literature Requires Censorship
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Apr 01
Atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is fuming after a school district in Colorado decided that free literature they provided for students needed to be censored. The Christian Examiner reports that the FFRF decided to provide materials on atheism after it learned that Gideons International provided students in the Delta school district with Bibles.
Aaron Clay, an attorney for the district, informed the FFRF that they may also provide literature to students to avoid discrimination. However, some of the materials the group provided were deemed pornographic in nature.
One pamphlet entitled “An X-Rated Book: Sex and Obscenity in the Bible” showed a cartoon woman being groped by a Bible on the cover. Another pamphlet called “What Does the Bible Say About Abortion” depicted a nude Adam and Eve on the cover.
Clay said that such materials could not be permitted in schools.
"It is inappropriate in a school setting; we would not allow any of the high school students to wear or otherwise display such a cartoon, “Clay said. “Why would we allow them to carry it in the building? It may also qualify as hate literature, demeaning women."
The FFRF ultimately changed the cover of “An X-Rated Book” with a sticker covering the image.
The Delta school district has not announced if the work would be permitted, but did make an announcement that there would "possibly be non-curricular materials that are distributed" on April 1. Students are not required to take the materials if they are offered.
Publication date: April 1, 2016