Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Throwing The Book At 'Em

It all started around mid-August.  Springs Charter School in Temecula, California, sent the usual "back-to-school" list to parents of students.  It included a list of books that were banned from school because they were deemed inappropriate.  One parent looked at the list and found an alarming entry.

The entry was "The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom.  It's a memoir by a woman who hid Jews from the Nazis because of her strong Christian beliefs.  This book has been read by millions around the world.

The school banned it because, due to Boom's position being informed by Christian beliefs, it was a sectarian and had no place there, going so far as to remove it from the school library.  The only reason they gave was that the book was written by a Christian.

The parent told the Pacific Justice Institute about this.  They contacted the school on August 22, saying that this was a violation of the students' First Amendment rights and what's more, the Supreme Court itself has a long-established precedent that "strongly disapproves of school libraries removing books based on opposition to their content or message."

Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer, the superintendent of Springs Charter Schools, responded directly by basically saying, "Tough shit."  The school does not "allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves."  She also denies that the school "discriminated against Christian authors or publishing companies who create secular educational material."  And to prove this, the school went through and removed even more books by Christian authors.

Well, I'm guessing I shouldn't try to sell my Hannah Singer books to them.  For that matter, neither should textbook makers who mention Dr. Martin Luther King.  Hell, most of US history now has no place in there.  The Constitution spells out the Founding Fathers' belief that Man's liberty is intended by God Himself.  Better get rid of that, pronto.

I usually roll my eyes at the notion of "a war on Christianity," because most of the examples I see are just people wanting other ideas than what is dominant in our culture and Christians are just being sore losers.  But this case?  Not only are they banning books for no other reason than they were written by Christians, they are making sure they do it, expanding their efforts after a complaint was made.  In this case, they are clearly declaring war not just on Christianity, but the all-mighty First Amendment as well.  The PJI is promising to keep up the pressure and is readying a civil suit if the school doesn't get it's act together.

How sad that this school is responsible for educating the next generation.  Discrimination should not be part of a cirriculum.
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