Utah School District Bans the Bible in Elementary and Middle Schools
Due to a parent’s challenge, a Davis School District in Utah removed the Bible from elementary and middle schools for containing “vulgarity or violence.”
The Details: A parent filed a supposedly tongue-in-cheek complaint, suggesting the Bible should be barred under Utah’s 2022 legislation, which aimed to ban books that featured “pornographic” content. The district determined the Bible does not violate the law, but is “not suitable for younger students.”
For Context: Shortly after the decision was announced, another parent filed a request for the Book of Mormon to be reviewed for inappropriate content, which the school is now planning to review. Another parent has filed an appeal, seeking to overturn the Bible’s ban.
Key Quotes: The parent’s original complaint said, “Get this PORN out of our schools. If the books that have been banned so far are any indication for way lesser offenses, this should be a slam dunk.” Rep. Ken Ivory (R-UT), who drafted the 2022 law, initially dismissed the challenge as “mockery,” but changed his stance this week, calling the Bible a “challenging read” for younger children. “Traditionally, in America, the Bible is best taught, and best understood, in the home, and around the hearth, as a family,” Ivory wrote on Facebook.
How The Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum covered the news similarly.
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From the LeftA Utah school district has removed the Bible from some schools' shelves
Frustrated with book challenges and bans in their school district, a parent in Utah decided to submit a complaint of their own — about the Bible.
The Davis School District took the parent's objection seriously, placing the Bible under review. This week, the district officially decided to remove the religious text from elementary and middle school libraries for containing "vulgarity or violence." The ban will take effect immediately, with Bibles being removed from classrooms even as they close down for the summer.
The parent's complaint, which gained national attention when it was reported...
From the CenterUtah primary schools ban Bible for 'vulgarity and violence'
A school district in the US state of Utah has removed the Bible from elementary and middle schools for containing "vulgarity and violence".
The move follows a complaint from a parent that the King James Bible has material unsuitable for children.
Utah's Republican government passed a law in 2022 banning "pornographic or indecent" books from schools.
Most of the books that have been banned so far pertain to topics such as sexual orientation and identity.
The banning of the Bible comes amid a larger effort by US conservatives in states...
From the RightUtah district bans Bible in elementary and middle schools 'due to vulgarity or violence'
In the Bible, Jesus says "Let the children come to me" — but parents and teachers in Utah have decided it'll have to wait until high school.
At Davis School District, located north of Salt Lake City, the collection of Christian scripture has been shelved for students until they enter high school.
The district has removed the Bible from their elementary and middle school libraries after receiving a petition to ban the holy book due to its descriptions of sex and violence.
The Bible ban is not the first of its kind — Utah...