Another Bible Distribution in Orange County Schools


Remember the controversy last year over the distribution of Bibles and then of atheist books in Orange County Public Schools in Florida? Well they just let a Christian group passively distribute Bibles again in those schools. There’s still a lawsuit pending over limits on the distribution of atheist literature there last year.

Bibles are being distributed again today in Orange County Public Schools despite a lawsuit by an atheist group to halt or alter the practice.

The distribution, which has been allowed by Orange schools twice before, consists of both softcover and hardcover New International Version (NIV) Bibles left on designated tables by volunteers. The tables are placed in accessible locations where students can pick the Bibles up.

Tables have been set up at all 19 traditional high schools, said John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council. His group helped arrange this year’s distribution…

The Orange County School Board last year considered changing its policy on outside distributions of materials, but then did not.

Seidel, who works for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, argues that because of the sex and violence in the Bible, the school district can’t restrict distribution of other materials for having similar contents.

If you’re going to allow the Bible, which contains some of the most violent, misogynist and barbaric stories imaginable, I don’t see how you have any grounds to object to the distribution of virtually anything.

Comments

  1. outraged says

    All you have to do to stop this is let Planned Parenthood put out free condoms or birth control information pamphlets. The right will implode in anger and that’ll put a stop to all of this. But in the meanwhile, some kids might actually get some useful info.

  2. greg1466 says

    What I don’t get the most out of this is how many households do these people think don’t actually already have a bible. I’m going to guess that in this country, and in the south in particular, you’d have a pretty good chance of finding a bible in any randomly selected house. Probably more than one.

  3. leskimopie says

    Well to be fair to the Bible, it may have a lot of sex, violence, incest, genocide, and other horrible horrible things. BUT, its so terribly written it may as well not. So really the kind of thing they should have to offer alongside it are like the Kindle self-published fetish books that talk about gay alien cuttlefish sex, and are written one handed by 15 year olds with english as a second or third language.

  4. John Hinkle says

    After they drop off the Bibles, do they sneak off around a corner to watch the kiddies take them? Or do they sweep their hands together and say, “Jesus, Joseph, and Mary that was hard work. Now it’s off to the pub with the lot of us!”

  5. mjmiller says

    We have a number of bibles in the house and I encourage my children (and my religious wife) to read them. Not that they do, of course, that thing can be some tough slogging. I oppose distribution of the bible in the public schools for constitutional reasons, not because I don’t want people to be exposed to the crap that’s in it. As has been pointed out on this forum more than once, actually reading the bible can often be the gateway to reason.

  6. otrame says

    @5

    Hey, I happen to LIKE gay alien cuttlefish sex stories*. So do a lot of other people. Using the term “fetish” is intended to be derogatory and implies there is something “weird” or “freaky” about liking such things–and not in a good way. Don’t be so judgmental.

    As for the Bible, I personally like to encourage people to actually read it. I mention the weird sex to teenagers to try to get them to read it. Reading the Bible is a gateway to atheism.

    *Such are especially easy to find in Torchwood fan fiction. I mean in case you were wondering.

  7. busterggi says

    it may contain some of the most violent, misogynist and barbaric shit ever but its Holy Shit.

  8. chilidog99 says

    It’s pornography!

    Ezekiel 23:20
    New International Version (NIV)
    There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.

  9. says

    Given the research showing that atheists know the Wholly Babble better than fundagelicals, I’d bet that there are more bibles, per capita, in atheist homes than in fundie homes. And certainly more than in the typical Catholic home.

  10. caseloweraz says

    @chilidog99:

    I would have guessed all that sort of language was in the Song Of Solomon.

    Here’s the line you quoted in the CEV (Contemporary English Version):

    “She eagerly wanted to go to bed with Egyptian men, who were famous for their sexual powers.”

    Toned down for modern sensibilities. I wonder how the Conservative Bible will treat it.

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