Rural Colorado district battles critics over allowing extracurricular literature at schools

Apr 3, 2016 by

It sounds like an April Fools’ joke, but it’s not.

Atheists provided pamphlets on topics like sex in the Bible, problems with the Ten Commandments and a Satanic activity book to middle and high school students in a rural Colorado district Friday, the result of a fight between Delta County schools and critics over whether it should continue to let everyone from Little League organizers to the Gideons distribute literature in schools.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is behind the literature. The Madison, Wis.-based group got involved after a mother sought help in December from the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, which contacted the foundation.

The woman was upset about Bibles made available in schools on tables designated for pamphlet and book giveaways, and there were also complaints that students who didn’t take them were bullied, said Anne Landman, founder of Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation successfully sued over a similar distribution policy in Orlando, Fla., schools. In an effort to also change policy in the Delta County district, the foundation asked for permission to offer the pamphlets, which it calls “non-tracts”, as well as the activity book on the same tables. Despite the name of the activity book, the Satanic theme is limited to symbols in drawings. The book, which includes word jumbles and other games, teaches kindness and “the basic morals that we all agree on,” foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor said.

 

Source: Rural Colorado district battles critics over allowing extracurricular literature at schools – The Denver Post

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