In response to the distribution of Christian materials, an organization will be providing Satanic and atheist literature to children at a Colorado school district.
According to KJCT News, the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers (WCAF) are working with Freedom From Religion Foundation to offer "an alternative way of thinking" to students in the Delta School District in Delta, Colorado.
"Students are not only getting a lesson about the federal laws and our constitution, but also a different point of view that you can find around the world," said Anne Landman, a member of the WCAF.
The literature has been approved and will be available for distribution starting April 1. Pamphlets will consist of topics such as "The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities," "Top 10 Public School State-Church Violations and How to Stop Them," and "What’s Wrong with the Ten Commandments?"
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In December 2015, Landman wrote on her blog that a student at Delta Middle School noted "overt violations of separation of church and state" when Bibles were provided for students near the entrance of the school. The student was harassed for not taking a Bible.
Principal Jennifer Lohrberg told the child's parent that the Bible distribution was in accordance to school policy regarding non-curricular literature. Delta County School District policy dictates that they cannot discriminate against any organizations or groups with regards to such materials.
"The school cannot discriminate against various points of view," Landman said, as reported by KVNF News. "If it’s going to distribute Christian literature, it has to also permit the distribution from every other point of view: atheism, Satanism, Buddhism. They have to take all comers."
As a result, the WCAF decided to provide distribution materials in an attempt to change the policy regarding religion in public schools.
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"This is the other side of that," explained Assistant Superintendent Kurt Clay. "The policy says we cannot discriminate what is handed out, we just have to follow the process."
Clay said the district is revisiting the non-curricular distribution policy. They do not want to prohibit all materials, as many students would be uninformed about sports teams and extracurricular activities that take place after school. Nevertheless, they don’t know if a rule can exclude only materials of a religious matter.
"That’s the hard part," Clay explained. "We’re trying to find a workaround but we just don’t know at this point."