Thursday, September 25, 2014

California School Bans Books by Christian Authors

The superintendent of Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, CA has confirmed that this public school's library will not include any book written by a Christian.
“It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors. Indeed, some of the greatest literature of Western Civilization comes from people of faith. Are they going to ban the sermons or speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? What about the Declaration of Independence that invokes the laws of nature and nature’s God?”
-- Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute (PJI)
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-- From "California charter school pulls Christian books, authors from their shelves" by Kaye Wonderhouse, The Global Dispatch 9/23/14

The superintendent of Springs Charter School Kathleen Hermsmeyer replied to a cease-and-desist letter from PJI lawyer Michael Peffer: “We do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves.”

The school, which is stated to be “created and operated by parents” according to its “Vision and Mission” page on its website, also outlines, “We value parent choice and involvement, using the community as the classroom, fostering a child’s innate creativity, collaborating to achieve goals, building relationships, and personalizing learning.”

PJI says that they were contacted by a concerned parent whose children attend the school, who noted that books such as The Hiding Place, written by Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom, were being removed from the shelves.

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From "School accused of 'purging' Christian books" by Todd Starnes, 9/23/14

“[The parent] 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,” read a letter PJI sent to the public charter school. “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.”

Dacus said the charter school must reverse “their ill-conceived and illegal book-banning policy.” If they fail to do so, he said, PJI is prepared to take further legal action.

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.”

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