The Frisco Independent School District in Texas was faced with complaints about Gideon volunteers hanging around outside of schools to pass out bibles to children. They solved the problem by inviting them into the school where free bibles are now made available to the students — a move that has caused some parents to object.
The school allows the religious group to come to schools on particular days to pass out the bibles. The District says that non-school literature is allowed as long as it doesn’t “attack ethnic, religious, or racial groups.” Such material must also not “interfere with school activities or the rights of others.”
How does the district prevent other material being brought into schools. I expect some parents might object to evolutionary textbooks and even environmental textbooks. How about books on atheism or paganism?
A spokesperson said “We cannot pick and choose which materials are allowed to be left at a designated location for display/pickup based upon the viewpoint expressed in the materials.” I would have less trouble with such a display if the school allows books on atheism, gay rights, Islam, and other material to be shown. Somehow I think that there would be a backlash to such material, but it might be worth a test.
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