Texas School District Removes the Bible from Its Libraries Along with 40 Other Books After Complaints from Parents and Community Members

The Bible is among 40 books flagged for removal from school libraries in Texas. (Keller Independent School District)

A Texas school district has pulled the Bible, an illustrated version of Anne Frank’s diary and about 40 other books from its libraries after the tomes sparked complaints from parents and community members.

The Keller Independent School District emailed principals Tuesday ordering the temporary removal of all books that were challenged last year, so that librarians and campus staff can review the titles and make sure they’re in line with a new district policy, the Texas Tribune reported.

“By the end of today, I need all books pulled from the library and classrooms,” the email from district curriculum director Jennifer Price said. “More information will be sent regarding action for these books … Once this has been completed, please email me a confirmation. We need to ensure this action is taken by the end of today.”

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The inclusion of the Bible in the Dallas-area school district’s libraries was first challenged in November 2021, by a parent who whined that it contained “Inappropriate content including: Sexual content, violence including rape, murder, human sacrifice, misogyny, homophobia, discrimination, and other inappropriate content,” a district spokesperson told The Post. That person withdrew the complaint a month later.

Two more challenges to the Christian holy book were made at around the same time in February by different people, one of whom claimed that “it is a map to slavery, incest, sex between donkey and women, misogyny, murder, pedophilia you name it, it’s in there.”

The other parent griped that, “Religion doesn’t belong in public schools. This book also describes multiple acts of sexuality and violence,” according to the spokesperson.

The Keller ISD website, which tracks books that families or members of the community have complained about, states that a decision was then made to keep the Bible in place.

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SOURCE: New York Post, MaryAnn Martinez

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