Atheist Groups Will Be Allowed to Distribute Literature in Two Florida School Districts

Just a day after the Christian group World Changers of Florida, Inc. left Bibles for high school students in two school districts, atheist groups that have pushed back are getting results of their own:

The Central Florida Freethought Community, a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has obtained consent this week from the Orange County (FL) School Board to distribute materials about atheism, agnosticism, and secular humanism to students in public schools. This permission comes after the School Board allowed a group of Christians to distribute Bibles to students on campus during school hours for Religious Freedom Day on January 16.

Books, pamphlets, and brochures from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, American Atheists, and the Secular Student Alliance are on their way today to Central Florida and distribution will begin as soon as the promised written permission is received from the School Board and volunteers are cleared to come on campus. Some items being considered for distribution are “An X-Rated Book: Sex & Obscenity in the Bible,” “Ten Common Myths About Atheists,” as well as literature about starting student led secular organizations on campus and books by atheists Dan Barker and Madalyn Murray O’Hair among others.

I’m especially curious how the school boards handle the FFRF nontract “An X-Rated Book: Sex & Obscenity in the Bible“:

Cover notwithstanding, if the Bible passes the “perfectly fine for schoolchildren” test, shouldn’t a book pointing out the “X-rated” parts of the Bible be allowed as well?

The books won’t be made available for at least a week or two, in any case, but I’ll provide updates to this story as they come.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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