Texas School Bans the Bible

  

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Via:  ender  •  one month ago  •  50 comments

By:   Matthew Gault

Texas School Bans the Bible
Keller ISD has pulled all versions of the Bible from school shelves in a recent purge to remove LGBTQ books and other ‘controversial’ titles.

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A Texas school district has pulled all versions of the Bible and the graphic novel version of Anne Frank’s Diary from its library shelves ahead of the start of the school year. The ban happened in Keller, Texas—a suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with a population just under 40,000.

On August 16, the day before school started, Jennifer Price, Keller ISD’s executive director of curriculum and instruction sent an email to the school district’s principals: “Attached is a list of all books that were challenged last year. By the end of today, I need all books pulled from the library and classrooms,” Price said. “Once this has been completed, please email me a confirmation. We need to ensure this action is taken by the end of the day. I apologize for the late request.”

The list of   currently challenged works   is 41 books long and includes “The Bible (All Versions),” Anne Frank’s Diary (The Graphic Adaptation),   So You’re Being Publicly Shamed , several LGBT touchstones like   Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic , and classics like Toni Morisson’s   The Bluest Eye .

Later that day, Keller ISD released a statement on its   website . “Keller ISD’s Board of Trustees approved policies EFA (Local) and EFB (Local) at its August 8, 2022, Special Meeting. These policies relate to the acquisition and review of instructional materials and library books. Right now, Keller ISD’s administration is asking our campus staff and librarians to review books that were challenged last year to determine if they meet the requirements of the new policy,” the statement said. “All of the books included in Tuesday’s email have been included on Keller ISD’s Book Challenge list over the past year. Books that meet the new guidelines will be returned to the libraries as soon as it is confirmed they comply with the new policy.”

Essentially, in this case, books were challenged, then reviewed in a closed-door committee vetting process. The books survived that review, but then were further challenged; the district decided to pull all books on the challenged list for the time being.


Bryce Nienman, Keller ISD’s spokesman, told the   Dallas Morning News   that Keller’s school trustees recently approved a new policy that would reconsider every book that had already survived a ban. The new policy came after Texas state officials launched an   official investigation   into Keller ISD over sexually explicit books in its library. Parents and teachers met in secret for months, reviewing the books and making decisions about what could stay and what could go. Participants had to sign   confidentiality agreements .

Laney Hawes, a Keller ISD parent who   sounded the alarm   about the book ban on Twitter, talked about her experience in some of these meetings. “These books went through the official district established challenge committee process,” she said. “But because they all passed the committee process, our extreme Christian nationalist school board decided the process was ‘rigged.’. Sound familiar? I served on the committee for The Diary of Anne Frank Graphic Novel. The person who challenged the book didn’t even show up to defend their position. But now the book is pulled.”

Much of the current wave of book banning in the United States is being   fueled by groups like Moms For Liberty   that are explicitly Conservative and Christian, so it’s ironic that the district has included The Bible in its list of banned titles. It’s a book for which there is at least a plausible argument for banning, considering the Constitutionally enshrined, but poorly enforced, separation of church and state. 

Book bannings in schools and libraries have become   increasingly common   in America. The targets are typically books that deal with   LGBTQ themes , books that deal with sex in any way shape or form, and books about the Holocaust. Librarians and administrators have also   reported receiving threats and discrimination   after setting up displays featuring LGBTQ books, and   right-wing extremist groups have disrupted multiple Pride-themed events in libraries   across the US.



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Ender
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Ender    one month ago

Laws of unintended consequences...

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Ender @1    one month ago

gee, they could've just moved it over to the fiction section...

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  devangelical @1.1    one month ago

When people start to wake up and see what they are supporting has real world consequences, maybe we can get some sanity back.

I won't hold my breath....

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2  Sparty On    one month ago

Book burners strike again.

Achtung!

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Principal
2.1  MrFrost  replied to  Sparty On @2    one month ago
Book bannings in schools and libraries have become increasingly common in America. The targets are typically books that deal with LGBTQ themes , books that deal with sex in any way shape or form, and books about the Holocaust. Librarians and administrators have also reported receiving threats and discrimination after setting up displays featuring LGBTQ books, and right-wing extremist groups have disrupted multiple Pride-themed events in libraries across the US.

Don't tell me, the left hates the LGBTQ+ community? 

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.2  Hallux  replied to  Sparty On @2    one month ago

Did Jennifer Price's action so mystify you?

Oy Vey! 

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2.2.1  Sparty On  replied to  Hallux @2.2    one month ago

Lol .... I’m not the one who is confused here.

Aye yi yi!

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Masters Silent
2.3  SteevieGee  replied to  Sparty On @2    one month ago

Actually, they didn't ban the Bible at all.  In fact the parents who challenged it withdrew their objection to it last year.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
2.3.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  SteevieGee @2.3    one month ago

It says all books on the list are to be removed.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Masters Silent
2.3.2  SteevieGee  replied to  Ender @2.3.1    one month ago

The article says that but the school district website says otherwise 

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
2.3.3  seeder  Ender  replied to  SteevieGee @2.3.2    one month ago

I don't see where the website says otherwise. It lists the books and status. Yet according to the memo sent down all books on the list were to be pulled.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
2.3.4  Split Personality  replied to  SteevieGee @2.3    one month ago

And then a second set of parents complained this year.

Some people are concerned about the separation of church and state

others about the actual "stuff" particularly in the old testament.

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
3  Tacos!    one month ago
so it’s ironic that the district has included The Bible in its list of banned titles. It’s a book for which there is at least a plausible argument for banning, considering the Constitutionally enshrined, but poorly enforced, separation of church and state.

Not to mention all the brutal violence and illicit sex.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.1  devangelical  replied to  Tacos! @3    one month ago

it's the xtian nationalist handbook for incest and pedophilia...

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
3.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  devangelical @3.1    one month ago

Jesus was such a deviant.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
3.1.2  Hallux  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.1    one month ago

He did seem to prefer the company of men who preferred the company of men which makes one wonder why Mary stuck around so long.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
3.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hallux @3.1.2    one month ago

Was it because men had the bigger role in society and maybe Mary wasn't binary.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.1.4  Sparty On  replied to  Hallux @3.1.2    one month ago

Really?    

You should let us all know what it was like living back then ...

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
3.1.5  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.4    one month ago

I look forward to the historical assessment.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
3.1.6  Hallux  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.3    one month ago

Let's keep it simple, the bible is a patriarchal treatise in which of the 3,000 or so characters named only 170 of them are women.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
3.1.7  Hallux  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.4    one month ago

Sure ... unless you were rich it was crappy.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.1.8  Sparty On  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.5    one month ago

Yeah, I’d love to know what fishes and loaves night was like at the ballpark back then .....

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.1.9  Sparty On  replied to  Hallux @3.1.7    one month ago

Damn ....who’s gonna pay reparations for that?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
PhD Principal
3.1.10  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.8    one month ago

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
3.1.11  Hallux  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.9    one month ago

The usual tithers.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
3.1.12  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hallux @3.1.7    one month ago
unless you were rich it was crappy.

So like today?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
3.1.13  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.8    one month ago
unless you were rich it was crappy.

I miss the wine from water, white of course with the fish, unless it was tuna or salmon.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
3.1.14  Hallux  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.12    one month ago

Sort of but today crypts have basements.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
3.1.15  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hallux @3.1.14    one month ago

Could be, I can't remember the last time I was in a crypt.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
3.1.16  Hallux  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.15    one month ago

Your time will come.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.1.17  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @3.1.2    one month ago
wonder why Mary stuck around so long

maybe she was hoping to convert him...

 
 
 
Thomas
Sophomore Guide
3.1.18  Thomas  replied to  Hallux @3.1.2    one month ago

Because she felt safe?

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
3.1.19  cjcold  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.1    one month ago
Jesus was such a deviant.

I've never had a whore wash my feet (does sound kind of kinky, though).

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
3.1.20  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  cjcold @3.1.19    one month ago

You haven’t lived then, get busy before it’s to late.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.1.21  Sparty On  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.20    one month ago

Amsterdam in the 70’s, 80’s ...... aye yi yi!    A lot of the folks here were still working on their Oedipus complex back then.

We were working on other things ......

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
3.1.22  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.21    one month ago

My first visit to Amsterdam was in 1977 and Berlin in 78.  Good times for a young man.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.1.23  Sparty On  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.22    one month ago

I had some pre training for Amsterdam..... 14th street DC.    

That place was crazy to a small town boy in 79/81

 
 
 
TOM PA
Freshman Silent
4  TOM PA    one month ago

256

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Professor Principal
5  Nerm_L    one month ago

If the Bible can be banned then any and all books can be banned.  This Texas school district has settled the issue.  Thanks for clearing that up.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Masters Silent
5.1  SteevieGee  replied to  Nerm_L @5    one month ago

They didn't ban the Bible.  The headline is a lie.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
5.1.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  SteevieGee @5.1    one month ago

The article says they pulled all books that were on the list temporarily.

I don't see you showing any different.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Masters Silent
5.1.2  SteevieGee  replied to  Ender @5.1.1    one month ago

I don't trust the article.  The district webpage says "After review, book returned to circulation.  The book will remain in it's current location.  This is a clickbait headline designed to create outrage where there is actually no problem.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
5.1.3  seeder  Ender  replied to  SteevieGee @5.1.2    one month ago

So the memo that was sent down was a lie?

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
5.1.4  Split Personality  replied to  SteevieGee @5.1.2    one month ago

I have a feeling that the books were returned to circulation after last years review and 

because they were challenged again, they were pulled again this week, now residing 

in a windowless room labeled "parental consent only" (again).

22 of the 41 books involved LGBTQ stories.

Keller is much more christian conservative than my neighborhood,

but not enough to keep me away from the Chick Fil-A. 

 
 
 
Freefaller
Professor Participates
6  Freefaller    one month ago

Banning books is laughable in this day and age, I mean have the Karens who started this seen what's being offered on TV, movies and the interet (especially the internet) these days 

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
6.1  Split Personality  replied to  Freefaller @6    one month ago

I didn't get what "streaming" was all about until I started subscribing last year to catch ALL of the NFL games.

Now I am guessing that any American made series or movie on streaming services is required to have lots of soft porn style nakedness in every show regardless of the topic.

 
 
 
Freefaller
Professor Participates
6.1.1  Freefaller  replied to  Split Personality @6.1    one month ago

I don't stream so have no idea myself, but have no doubt you're correct

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
7  Hal A. Lujah    one month ago

Hallelujah.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
7.1  Split Personality  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @7    one month ago

All Hail Hal

All hail Hal

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
8  Revillug    one month ago

Can't say I recommend reading the Bible.

It may be known as the Good Book but there are better books.

 
 

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