Multiple schools in one school district Utah (USA) banned the bible After parent of a student denounced him asobscene” For him sexual content And violentor taking advantage of a controversial state law that allows books deemed inappropriate for students to be withdrawn from educational centers.
The parent indicated that the bible Stop Article on Incest, Violation And prostitutionand it is imperativeobsceneThat’s according to a state regulation approved in 2022 that has been used by conservative groups to censor books on racial or LGBT topics, the Salt Lake Tribune reported this Friday.
The complaint, which involved the Davis School District in Utah, has come a long way since it was filed last December and, after being reviewed this week, a committee devoted to the matter has decided that the Bible should be withdrawn Seven or eight primary and middle schools, although secondary schools may retain it.
The decision, which surprised many after learning of it Friday by the Republican legislator who promoted legislation restricting access to “obscene” books, Ken Ivory, who first criticized the “obscene” label the bible and said it was a “joke” and a political misrepresentation, he gave in and even thanked the committee for vetoing religious text in classrooms and libraries for young children.
In a Facebook entry, Ivory acknowledged that the bible “Reading is difficult” for younger students in the compulsory education system, adding that “Traditionally, in the US, the bible It is best taught, and best understood, as a family, in the home and around the fireplace.”
According to the Tribune, the suing parents acted out of frustration over the books being removed from schools because of conservative condemnations, a trend noted by major US free-language groups in April. ., the American Library Association (ALA), and the authors’ organization PEN America.
Book censorship efforts are set to double in 2022 to a two-decade high from the previous year, according to the ALA, while PEN America similarly reports an increase in book banning in schools, directly promoted by Republican-governed states. attributed to the influence of restrictive laws, such as those in Utah, Florida and Missouri.