Atheist groups have put the pressure on a school district in Colorado so that its campuses will soon distribute a collection of satanic and atheist literature to middle school and high school students.
After a series of complaints from Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), the Satanic Temple and Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, the Delta County School District caved in and will provide students their books on April 1 —without parental consent.
FFRF Co-President Dan Barker made it clear that the demands to distribute satanic books were made in retaliation to Gideon Bibles being passively handed out during school hours to students.
"The Delta County School District could have resolved the issue by not allowing religious groups inside their schools," Barker expressed in a FFRF news release, according to The Christian Post. "But since it has chosen to be obdurate, it's left us with no option than to respond to the religious propagandizing."
The anti-Christian organization also argued earlier this month that school district officials’ previous refusal to hand out books hurt taxpayers.
“[P]ublic schools have previously attempted to deny FFRF permission to distribute literature,” FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel contended. “That resulted in a lawsuit that cost the [Orange] County Public Schools nearly $90,000, and they ended up approving all the literature for distribution anyway. Shortly after approving all the literature they closed the literature distribution forum — what FFRF had been asking for (and what FFRF has been asking DCSD 50J for) from the beginning."
Focus on the Family Education Analyst Candi Cushman disagrees with the reasoning behind allowing the atheist groups to distribute their allegedly problematic literature.
"[C]ommon-sense standards of decency should apply to these [books]," Cushman told The Christian Post. "From the images displayed on recent television reports on this story, it appears that some of the materials may be disparaging of other religious viewpoints and even lewd in their depictions. So a decision to make this literature available to students should also be reviewed in light of other school policies that may protect students' exposure to inappropriately lewd images and overtly disparaging and insulting content."
The Truth will prevail
Despite her belief that the satanic and atheistic literature is detrimental to students’ development, Cushman notes that the Colorado school district’s desire to open up its campuses to a variety of beliefs is a good thing.
“[I]t is commendable that the school is making an effort to avoid unconstitutional discrimination in a public forum against a group simply because of its faith-based perspective," the Christian expert in education stated. "As Americans, we believe the truth will rise to the surface when allowed to be heard.”
She contends that the God’s Truth will ultimately win against Satan’s lies.
“As Christians, we know the truth of the Bible will win out in a competition with any other belief system," Cushman continued. "It would be unfortunate to let intimidation from groups — with an apparent agenda of shutting a public forum down — to succeed in censorship for all."
After the recent controversy revolving around the satanic book distribution and concessions made by schools in Colorado, a local news outlet announced that officials from Delta County School District are now considering revising their policy when it comes to the distribution of literature on school campuses.
"The Delta County School District says that their policy reads that they cannot discriminate against any groups or organizations when it comes to non-curricular materials," KJCT Channel 8 reported.
A press release distributed by Delta School District officials states that it will only protect students from several types of literature or materials.
"The only exceptions are if the material promotes hostility or violence, commercial purposes by advertising a product, interferes with the schools, promotes candidacy in an election or is obscene or pornographic,” the district announced.