California School Ban Covers Any And All ‘Christian’ Books
It’s another ban and another day in the life of a public school student. Public schools have been in the banning business over the past several years. Most adults remember the days when they could not wear profane language or dirty jokes on their t-shirts, but today is a brave new world.
These days, things such Chapstick or strapless dresses are being cast asunder in high school and elementary schools alike. It is unclear if there is a central force driving these odd changes, or whether they are simply knee-jerk reactions to one set of parents who were upset over something.
The Inquisitr reported on a North Dakota high school’s decision to ban all tight-fitting clothing for girls.
“To make matters worse, the school apparently showed the offending girls clips from the film ‘Pretty Woman.’ The film where the star Julia Roberts plays a prostitute. The school made comparisons to what the high school girls were wearing and the character in the film.”
However, clothes aren’t the only things getting banned in schools these days. A certain California school’s ban does not entail dress codes, health codes, or food. Instead, this school seems to take issue with books. According to a civil right’s group, Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, California, is banning all Christian books from its public library.
The Pacific Justice Institute stated that the school ban has not just targeted books on Christian subject matter, but also by authors identifying as Christian, including a book about the Holocaust.
“A parent of students enrolled at Springs Charter Schools was recently shocked to see some of the books being targeted for removal, including the well-known account of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place. The parent contacted PJI after library personnel explained to her that they had been directed to remove Christian books, books by Christian authors, and books from Christian publishers.”
According to Fox News, the school’s superintendent, Kathleen Hermsmeyer, stated that the reason behind the sudden ban is that they do not allow “sectarian materials on our state-authorized shelves.” This response was given to the Pacific Justice Institute, however, a parent inquired about the ban as well.
“She was told by one of the library attendants that the library has been instructed to remove all books with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company. The attendant advised that the library would no longer be carrying those books.”
The parent was not named, but stated she was told the library would be giving away the books that were there. Despite the fact that some of the books were donated, they were removed in the ban.
Though the superintendent insisted they did not discriminate against Christian authors or Christian publishing companies, no explanation was given for the ban of The Hiding Place.
Was this ban justified, or is was this intentionally inflammatory towards Christians attending the school? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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