In the Bible, Jesus says, “Let your children come to me,” but parents and teachers in Utah decide they have to wait until high school.
In the Davis School District, north of Salt Lake City, a collection of Christian scriptures is shelved for students until high school.
The school district removed Bibles from elementary and middle school libraries following a petition to ban them because of their references to sex and violence.
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Biblical prohibition is not the first of its kind. Schools in Utah earlier began removing other books from their libraries after a 2022 state law required schools to consider parental opinions on age-appropriate books.
The Book of Mormon, the scripture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the next scripture to be evaluated in the district.
On December 11, the David School District received a petition from parents calling for the Bible to be removed from the school for being a “sexy” book.
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Parents’ petitions for a review of the Bible were made public in March 2022, while the parents’ names and addresses were withheld.
In the petition, the anonymous parent appears to ridicule Utah Parents United, a conservative parent’s coalition for trying to remove inappropriately sexualized books from school libraries.
Within the first five months of the law taking effect, parents filed over 250 complaints demanding that certain books be removed from schools.
The petition states, “Utah Parents United has discontinued one of the most sexually explicit books in the world, the Bible. Our new definition says that the Bible is pornography, so the Bible says: ‘ You will undoubtedly find that there are no serious values for minors.”
The complaint follows Utah’s Sensitive Materials in Schools Act, enacted in May, calling for “explicit sexual arousal, stimulation, masturbation, intercourse, sodomy, or If “caressing” is included, it “prohibits certain sensitive materials.”
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“Kick this porn out of school,” the parent wrote, along with an eight-page list of “offensive” Bible verses. “If the books that have been banned so far are a symptom of lesser crimes, this should be a slam dunk.”
The school district itself did not explain why it was banning the Bible, nor did it say which scripture was the deciding factor in removing it.
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The Davis School District has over 72,000 students in all grade levels.
Lindsay Kornick of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.