Thanks to the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation, high school students in Orange County, Florida will be on the receiving end of a pamphlet emblazoned with an indecent illustration of a humanized Bible sexually groping a young girl.
The pamphlet, titled “An X-Rated Book: Sex and Obscenity in the Bible,” is included among the material the group plans to hand out in the Orlando area on Jan. 16, which is National Religious Freedom Day, CNS News reported.
It all began when Orange County Public Schools allowed religious groups to set up a table each year to acknowledge the day. Literature on the table, including Bibles, was there for the taking for interested students.
The school district allowed atheists to distribute material last year, but limited some options, prompting a lawsuit by Freedom From Religion Foundation. The school district backed off, agreeing to allow all material, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
A Motion to Dismiss was issued by the court in June, where the school district “unconditionally agreed” to allow material previously prohibited, according to CNS News.
But the court said the school district “may lawfully prohibit outside groups from distributing materials that are not appropriate for distribution in a school setting with the aim of controlling student conduct in the schools.”
Citing ongoing litigation, the district did not answer CNS News when asked why it relented.
As for “An X-rated Book,” in an April letter to Freedom From Religion Foundation, Superintendent Barbara Jenkins wrote: “This brochure will cause substantial disruption and is age inappropriate. There is a picture on the cover of a Bible book given human features sticking its hand up the dress of a woman.”
Parents may wonder if it is no longer disruptive and age inappropriate.
On a crusade to remove Christianity from American society, the “perpetually offended atheists from Wisconsin,” as Fox News’ Todd Starnes characterized the group, have a history of bullying schools to yield to their demands under the threat of costly legal action.
Andrew Seidel, the group’s legal counsel, told CNS News the illustration is “pretty tame compared to anything that is in the Bible.”
“I think the bottom line is, you can’t consider any of our materials obscene when compared to the Bible,” Seidel said. “I think we recognize that it might upset some people, but the Bible upsets many, many non-believers, especially when it’s being pushed in the public schools.”
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