A Colorado school district censored an atheist group’s pamphlets on its campus.The Delta County School District was scheduled to allow students access to the literature on April 1.
The district filed complaints regarding two pamphlets, “An X-Rated Book: Sex and Obscenity in the Bible,” and “What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?," distributed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, reports FFRF.
The school reportedly covered an allegedly offensive image on the cover of one of the pamphlets, which features a woman being groped by the bible.
“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," Aaron Clay, an attorney for the school district, said according to the Christian Examiner. "Why would we allow them to carry it in the building?”
FFRF responded that the district does not understand the image.
“The School District misses the point entirely," FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor said. "The cover image is a feminist cartoon whose message is that the bible itself demeans women."
FFRF argues that if the district bans its atheist literature from campus, then it has to ban the Bible too.
“The idea that the pamphlet qualifies as hate literature is absurd, and if you’re banning it on those grounds, then the district must ban the Bible too,” said FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel. “If you actually examine the pamphlet, you will see that it is comprised almost entirely of bible quotes. There is absolutely no way for the district to exclude the pamphlet and allow the bible to be distributed.”
FFRF reportedly sought to distribute atheist pamphlets in the school district after the organization, Gideons International, made Bibles available to students, reports the Christian Examiner.
The FFRF claims the school is at fault for the controversy on its campus.
“We do not think schools should be a battleground for religious ideas," Seidel wrote in a March 3 letter to the district. "But when schools allow the Gideons to prey on children, their message of eternal damnation for any who don’t believe in their God must be countered."