First the Orange County Schools in Florida let the Gideons hand out Bibles. Then they were forced to declare it an open forum and let the FFRF hand out atheist books. But now that the Satanists want in on the action, the Orange County School Board is finally catching on and considering closing the schools to all outside literature distribution.
Worried about facing national ridicule if a Satanic group is allowed to give out coloring books to children, the Orange County School Board moved Thursday toward preventing any outside group from distributing religious materials on campus.
The current policy has allowed groups to distribute Bibles and even atheist materials at district high schools in recent years.
The board discussed the issue during a workshop Thursday. The earliest it could vote to change the policy would be late January or early February, officials said.
“This really has, frankly, gotten out of hand,” said chairman Bill Sublette. “I think we’ve seen a group or groups take advantage of the open forum we’ve had.”
Yeah, that’s the thing about an open forum — anyone can use it. But isn’t it funny how it isn’t “taking advantage of it” when it’s a group they agree with? See, what they wanted was to give Christian groups exclusive access to the schools, but the law won’t allow that. So they had to change the policy and make it an open forum so they could keep letting the Christian groups in there and now they’re shocked — shocked! — to find out that an open forum means an open forum. How terribly sad for them.
But this is the right result. The problem is not that every group has been allowed in, it’s that the Christian group was allowed in to the schools in the first place. It shouldn’t be a forum at all. This is what happens when non-Christians crash the party. And it’s a good thing.