From Mad World News: Once again America is seeing her religious freedoms slowly and inconspicuously stripped away, but only one group in particular seems to be the target.
Just as angry activists staged mass book burnings, literature is flying off the shelves at Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, California.
Books with any hint of Christian values, even books written by Christian authors, are being purged from the libraries.
“Why would a public charter school take issue with books written by Christians?” Pacific Justice Institute asked, representing a parent who discovered the action.
“We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote to the attorneys at PJI.
“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,” stated PJI. “The attendant advised that the library would no longer be carrying those books. Indeed, our client was told that the library was giving those books away, and she actually took some.”
Among the books that were being tossed was “The Hiding Place,” the biography of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who was imprisoned by the Germans for rescuing Jews from the Holocaust.
“It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors,” said Brad Dacus, president of the religious advocacy group. “This is a major sweep by this charter school to eliminate the religious viewpoint. Libraries cannot engage in an open purging of books simply because they are of a Christian perspective.”
Dacus said the move is an “ill-conceived and illegal book-banning policy,” and that if they do not reverse the policy PJI will take further legal action.
FOX News’ Todd Starnes sat down with superintendent Hermsmeyer to see why Christian books were being banned:
“We are a public school, and as such, we are barred by law from purchasing sectarian curriculum materials with state funds,” she wrote. “We only keep on our shelves the books that we are authorized to purchase with public funds.”
I’m guessing Harry Potter is OK but Frodo is not.
Pacific Justice Institute said the charter school has violated the First Amendment. They cited a 1982 Supreme Court ruling that said “local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books and seek by their removal to ‘prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion.’” If you’d like to read the entire case – it’s “Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico.”
“At no time, however, have we discriminated against Christian authors or publishing companies who create secular educational materials,” she wrote.
Hermsmeyer continues to deny that the new policy is discriminatory against Christian literature in any way.
“Some of the greatest literature of Western civilization comes from religious authors,” Dacus adds. “Are they going to ban the sermons or speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?”
This, ladies and gentlemen, is just another sly step to repress the Christian majority under the guise of equality and neutrality. No one was forcing students to read the Christian literature, but now they are disallowed from reading it. You cannot overstep liberties in the name of liberty itself.