Saturday, June 3, 2023

Hoisting the Christian Taliban With Their Own Petard

The Good Book is being treated like a bad book in Utah after a parent frustrated by efforts to ban materials from schools convinced a suburban district that some Bible verses were too vulgar or violent for younger children.
The 72,000-student Davis School District north of Salt Lake City removed the Bible from its elementary and middle schools while keeping it in high schools after a committee reviewed the scripture in response to a parental complaint. The district has removed other titles, including Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” and John Green’s “Looking for Alaska,” following a 2022 state law requiring districts to include parents in decisions over what constitutes “sensitive material.”

I'm surprised that nobody has tried to ban a classic children's book, Johnny Tremain, since it has parts glorifying destruction of private property by political terrorists.

But really, the school district had little choice. If it didn't ban the Bible, then it would open the door wide to litigation challenging the law itself.


  1. A rich field for reductio

  2. But did they ban the Morman Bible too or just the King James version? I understand it was the KJ version only.

  3. Reportedly there is a complaint pending against the Book of Moron.

  4. My brother-in-law who grew up a rebel under a noted Southern Baptist Old Testament theologian had this comment: "maybe banning it will get more people to read it..."

    Maybe they could have the New Testament on the shelves, given that it's more peaceable and loving. Maybe the book banners could read it and practice it too.


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