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26th Apr 2022

US state urged to ban bible for being too ‘woke’

Kieran Galpin

Does the bible even burn?

An activist in the US has filed a complaint to numerous schools and is looking to have the bible banned for being too “woke.”

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed a wave of controversial laws lately, with the most famous being the “Parental Rights in Education” bill, also dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill which prohibits classroom discussions on sexuality and gender – from kindergarten right up to third grade.

On April 22, DeSantis signed new guidelines for the Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (WOKE) act, which looks to limit discussions around what DeSantis refers to as “pernicious” critical race theory.

In response, activist Chaz Stevens has asked eight school districts to ban the Bible and “any book that references to the Bible.” In the state of Florida, House Bill 1467 permits members of the public to ban books.

“If they’re gonna ban books, then the whole library should be in play. My hope — and it’s a longshot — is that they will apply their own standards to themselves and ban the Bible,” Stevens told The Miami New Times.

Stevens weaponised arguments made by DeSantis, a staunch Catholic, and said that the bible is not age-appropriate and contains adult themes of bestiality, murder and rape – even going so far as to provide Bible verses that support each claim.

“I wish to file such an objection, requesting the Miami-Dade County Public School system immediately remove the Bible from the classroom, library, and any instructional material,” Stevens wrote in his letter to school boards. “And, as is often the case with banned books, I ask your agency lay flame to that giant stack of fiction in a pyre worthy of a Viking sendoff.”

He continued to explain: “With the constant babbling concerns about teaching Critical Race Theory, should we not take stock of the Bible’s position on slavery? I am concerned our young white students will read such passages and wake up to civilization’s sordid past.”

Stevens has started a GoFundme and is calling for assistance in “outreach and advertising” and “raising awareness to the stupidity of banning books.”

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