‘Absolutely horrifying’: Fox News co-host tears into Texas school district for banning Bible, Anne Frank adaptation

Fox News co-host Emily Compagno tore into a Texas school district on Thursday for banning, among 41 books, the Bible and a graphic adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

(Video: Fox News)

After three new conservative school board members were elected to the Keller Independent School District’s seven-member board of trustees, the district reversed course and decided to pull all 41 books that were challenged last year, despite recommendations from the school district committee, which included members of the public, that some of the books should stay on the student library shelves.

Included in the purge are all versions of the Bible, Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” and an illustrated adaptation of  “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank.

The Texas Tribune obtained an email sent to principals in the district from Jennifer Price, the executive director of Keller ISD’s curriculum and instruction, in which Price gives the order to yank the books.

“Attached is a list of all books that were challenged last year,” Price wrote. “By the end of today, I need all books pulled from the library and classrooms. Please collect these books and store them in a location. (book room, office, etc.).”

The challenged books will once again undergo a review.

Appearing on Fox News’s “Outnumbered,” Compagno criticized the district for allowing a few people to have so much power over issues that had already been settled by the community.

“What’s so difficult to digest here is that the whim of a few has such an impact on the many,” she said. “And this was one of the reviewers, actually, her point was about that Anne Frank graphic novel, which is like an illustrated version, where she said, ‘We approved this.’ And we thought to ourselves, ‘yes, we saved this.'”

“This is literature that this school should be exposed to the students here,” she continued. “And yet because someone else said, ‘No, we’re going to review it again,’ all of a sudden it’s back under review? We already addressed this.”

Most offensive, obviously, is the banning of the Bible.

“The fact that because one person, or three people, put the Bible on this is absolutely horrifying,” Compagno stated. “This is when the school administrators need to step up and say, ‘Absolutely not. You know what? We don’t need a committee right now to discuss this for 40 minutes. It’s going back on the shelf.'”

“Every day without the Bible is a day lost,” she stressed. “And that Bible should be back on the shelves.”

On Twitter, many agree with Compagno.

“Taking the Bible out of schools needs an OPEN discussion,” wrote one user. “Leave the Bible on the shelves during the discussion. 4 Billion Copies of the Bible were sold last year.”

But perhaps most disturbing in this debate is the reaction from those on the left who are calling Compagno and Fox News hypocrites for being okay with the banning of some books in school libraries, but getting up in arms over the Bible.

“Oh so NOW we have a problem with banning books,” wrote editor Josh Kranzberg. “Got it.”

“Let’s ban books that include violence, sex, and encouraged law breaking!” tweeted sports reporter Matt Vereen. “….except for that one!”

These are the comments from people who see no difference between a kid reading the Bible in school and a kid reading Gender Queer: A Memoir — one of the other 41 banned books, which features an exploration of gender fluidity and sexual identity.

“The Bible huh?” tweeted another user. “The hell you say.”


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