Utah Schools Pull Bible From Libraries Due to ‘Vulgarity or Violence’

A Utah school district has pulled the Bible from the shelves of its libraries after a parent filed a complaint calling it “pornographic.” The parent, who is unnamed, reportedly filed the complaint in protest of a new law in the state designed to keep “pornographic or indecent” material out of schools. A review committee ultimately decided to remove the Bible from the district’s elementary and middle schools, leaving it accessible only in high school libraries, due to the “vulgarity or violence” in its pages.

“The committee decided to retain the book in school library circulation only at the high school level based on age appropriateness due to vulgarity or violence,” School district spokesman Christopher Williams wrote in an email.

According to CNN, Williams estimated that there are seven or eight schools that pulled the King James Bible from their shelves as a result of the committee’s decision.

He reportedly told the outlet that the committee was simply trying to follow state law, specifically House Bill 374, which “prohibits certain sensitive instructional materials in public schools” and requires a “local education agency to include parents who are reflective of a school’s community when determining whether an instructional material is sensitive material.”

According to the law text, “sensitive material” includes “instructional material that is pornographic or indecent material.”

The decision was made after a parent in the district, outraged by the new law, decided to file a complaint against the Bible in protest.

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“I thank the Utah Legislature and Utah Parents United for making this bad faith process so much easier and way more efficient,” the complaint said, according to a report by the Daily Wire.

“Now we can all ban books and you don’t even need to read them or be accurate about it. Heck, you don’t even need to see the book!”

“Incest, onanism, bestiality, prostitution, genital mutilation, fellatio, dildos, rape, and even infanticide,” the complaint continued. “You’ll no doubt find that the Bible, under Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-1227, has ‘no serious values for minors’ because it’s pornographic by our new definition.”

Another complaint has reportedly been filed to have the Good Book reinstated in the school district, but according to CNN, another parent outraged at the state law has filed a new motion attacking the Book of Mormon next.

In an interview, Williams denied having seen any such request, but said that the review committee would “treat this request just like any other request and will follow the policy as outlined”

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The outrageous move to remove the Bible from Utah schools follows a long series of complaints around the country from parents discovering sexually explicit and outright pornographic material in the kids’ school libraries. Books such as Let’s Talk About It, which includes an instructional for children on how to masturbate, and Gender Queer, which includes cartoons of teens performing oral sex, have been major targets of the legislation, and have been specifically named by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as motivating factors behind his state’s parental rights campaign.

It is unclear when the Utah school district’s review committee plans to discuss the new complaint demanding the reinstatement of the Bible.

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