California charter school bans all books by or about Christians
It’s hard to imagine that any school would have a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust.
But Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message. “We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute. …
Among the books deemed inappropriate, the PJI said, was “The Hiding Place” the biography of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who was imprisoned by the Germans for helping Jews escape the Holocaust. …
So why would a public charter school take issue with books written by Christians? I figured Superintendent Hermsmeyer would be more than willing to set the record straight and explain the book purging. It seems I figured wrong. I gave her 24 hours to return my calls, and as of this writing, she has not done so.
Hermsmeyer denied they were discriminating against Christian authors or publishing companies. “At no time, however, have we discriminated against Christian authors or publishing companies who create secular educational materials,” she wrote.
Heaven forbid the children find a Bible in the library. It’s quite unfortunate that the charter school endorses the banning of books. …I oppose all book banning. If a book offends you, don’t read it.
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