In God We Trust. Not In Parts Of Utah Anymore. King James Bible Banned From Some Utah Schools

Christianity and its teachings of morality and good will have always been under attack from non-believers and many on the political left in the United States.

Now it seems the bible has a new foe, The Red State of Utah.

High schools in the county will still be able to keep the scriptures on their library shelves.

A three-person committee, appointed by the county school district to determine if the Bible is appropriate for students to see, found it contained vulgarity or violence, The Salt Lake City Tribune reported.

ABC4 noted that Davis County School District Communications Director Christopher Williams said that while the committee did not find that the book contained “sensitive material”as defined in Utah law, some vulgarity and violence was found to be inappropriate for younger readers.

The complaint against the Bible was filed by an unknown person in March, according to the television station. It came after a statewide law passed in 2022 permitted challenges to books found in school libraries.

ABC4 noted that as of March, the law had been used 81 times. And Davis County has removed 33 books for material deemed inappropriate for younger readers, including sex, vulgarity, and violence.

Meanwhile, Williams said an individual has already filed an appeal of the decision in an attempt to make the Bible available to all age levels in schools in the county.

Schools are currently in recess in Davis and classes will not resume until Aug. 17, ABC 4 said.

Here is a historical look at how the Bible has been banned or prohibited in certain countries or regimes for various reasons, including:

1. Political reasons: The Bible has been seen as a threat to political power in some authoritarian regimes. It has been banned in countries such as China and North Korea because it is associated with Western culture and values, and authorities fear that it could inspire dissent.
2. Religious reasons: Some religions do not recognize the Bible as a sacred text and may ban it. For example, the government of Saudi Arabia forbids non-Muslims from bringing Bibles into the country.
3. Cultural reasons: Some cultures view the Bible as offensive or disrespectful to their customs and traditions. For example, the Okanagan Nation in Canada banned the Bible in their community in the early 20th century because missionaries had used it to justify the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families.
4. Personal or ideological reasons: Individuals or groups may ban the Bible because they disagree with its teachings or interpretations. For example, during the Enlightenment period in Europe, some intellectuals banned the Bible because they believed it to be irrational and incompatible with reason.
5. And now schools believe that the word of God is inappropriate to hear. That it’s offensive, that if a child heard it, it would be detrimental to their upbringing.
It is important to note that these reasons vary from one context to another, and the banning of the Bible is not a universal phenomenon. But it is a growing phenomenon in way too many places.
Craig Bushon

Craig Bushon

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