California School Purges Christian Books From Its Library

September 26, 2014 7:21 amViews: 155

California Christian book purge

If you don't know of it, there exists a beautiful book called “The Hiding Place”, a biography of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian living in Germany during World War II who was imprisoned by the Nazis for helping keep Jewish people hidden from the eyes of the regime. It's a tale of courage and selflessness, of risking one's own life for the protection of strangers and for what is right. And apparently, it is so abhorrent a book that one school has banned it from its campus library.

It's unclear exactly why Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, California objects so strongly to what can pretty safely be regarded as an educational and inspirational story of heroism, but whatever it is, they're taking it out on any and all books “with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company,” according to the school. Essentially, this amounts to a religious test for the validity of reading materials. Regardless of a book's content, if the author happens to be of the Christian faith (as “authored by Christians” is one of the criteria), that book is taboo. And while no one wants to run afoul of Godwin's law, it's hard to ignore the alarming similarity to the “racial test” imposed by the Nazis on allowable literature in Germany; if a book was written by an author of an “inferior” race, it was not to be made available.

Pacific Justice Institute is representing at least one parent who is so outraged (and rightly so) by this book banning crusade that they are demanding answers from the school board and threatening legal action if those answers are not satisfactory. For their part, the school has not been remarkably forthcoming, but has at least offered some flimsy defense of their actions. Speaking on behalf of Springs Charter Schools, Superintendent Hermsmeyer said: “We are a public school, and as such, we are barred by law from purchasing sectarian curriculum materials with state funds. We only keep on our shelves the books that we are authorized to purchase with public funds.”

From which we are to glean that a historically accurate true story about an heroic person who happens to have been Christian, qualifies as “sectarian curriculum materials”. Well played, Superintendent.

It hardly needs to be said, but it is precisely this brand of vitriolic hatred for all manner of religious faith that threatens to choke off spirituality in children. Springs Charter Schools and Superintendent Hermsmeyer are to be condemned for this hateful, repressive exercise. Oh, and don't expect to hear about this anytime soon on the national news.

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