US school accused of purging Christian books at California campus
A school in California is having problems with any book that is "Christian."
The Springs Charter School in Temecula, California has pulled the books from its libraries saying it does do not allow "sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves," Fox News reported.
"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 (PJI).
She noted Springs Charter is a public school, thus it is prohibited by law from acquiring "sectarian curriculum materials with state funds."
Hermsmeyer said the school only kept such materials that are authorized purchases with public funds.
The PJI, a legal defense organization which fights for religious freedom in the United States, urged the school to retract the ban saying that the move is a violation of the First Amendment.
"It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors," a statement from Brad Dacus, President of PJI, reads.
PJI is representing a parent who discovered the Christian purging of the school library.
The parent was told by one of the library attendants that they had been instructed to remove all books "with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company."
She was also told that the library was giving those books away, and she took some.
Among the books seen as inappropriate was The Hiding Place, a biography of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who was imprisoned by the Germans for helping Jews escape the Holocaust.
Dacus noted that some of the greatest literature of Western Civilization comes from people of faith. He is concerned that even the sermons and speeches of Rev.Martin Luther King Jr. and the Declaration of Independence will be banned.
He condemned the action and sees it as "a major sweep...to eliminate the religious viewpoint."
In a letter to PJI, Hermsmeyer pointed out that the school had never discriminated against Christian books.