Remember the controversy last year over the distribution of Bibles and then of atheist books in Orange County Public Schools in Florida? Well they just let a Christian group passively distribute Bibles again in those schools. There’s still a lawsuit pending over limits on the distribution of atheist literature there last year.
Bibles are being distributed again today in Orange County Public Schools despite a lawsuit by an atheist group to halt or alter the practice.
The distribution, which has been allowed by Orange schools twice before, consists of both softcover and hardcover New International Version (NIV) Bibles left on designated tables by volunteers. The tables are placed in accessible locations where students can pick the Bibles up.
Tables have been set up at all 19 traditional high schools, said John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council. His group helped arrange this year’s distribution…
The Orange County School Board last year considered changing its policy on outside distributions of materials, but then did not.
Seidel, who works for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, argues that because of the sex and violence in the Bible, the school district can’t restrict distribution of other materials for having similar contents.
If you’re going to allow the Bible, which contains some of the most violent, misogynist and barbaric stories imaginable, I don’t see how you have any grounds to object to the distribution of virtually anything.