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Thanks to Christians pushing Bibles on students, Colorado elementary school must now make Satanic coloring books available

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Delta Middle School in Colorado will now be giving away coloring books from The Satanic Temple, all thanks to Christians who demanded Bibles be given away and the school board that allowed it to happen.

Back in December, stories emerged about teachers pushing bibles on students at Delta Middle School.  Teacher Michael Long announced to his class that there were free bibles available, saying that students “could pick one up off of a table located in the doorway of the library and take it home.”

One of his students pointed out that this was a violation of separation between church and state and texted a picture of the incident to her mother. When the student passed on picking a bible, she was allegedly confronted by her classmates who started shaming her for not conforming to the teacher’s Christian beliefs.

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According to school district policy, non-curricular material could not “be distributed in any classroom of any building then being occupied by a regularly-scheduled class.”

The policy also says that students “may not be used as the agents for distribution of such materials without the written consent of the student’s parent.” Students who didn’t take a bible were pressured by their peers to take one, making them “agents of distribution.”

The policy dictates that materials can be given out “one-half hour before school and/or during regularly scheduled lunch periods and/or 15 minutes after the close of school.” The bibles were offered to the students in the middle of the day and not at lunch time.

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Anne Landman first posted about this incident on her blog. She pointed out that district officials refused to admit wrongdoing:

” [Jennifer] Lohrberg denied that any violations had occurred. She even assured the concerned parent all was done in accordance with school board policy and the bible giveaway had been approved by the District’s lawyers.

After being brushed off by Principal Lohrberg, the parent called the Delta County School District Assistant Superintendent, who similarly insisted the bible distribution was in accordance with District policy and the school was doing nothing wrong by making the bibles available. The superintendent suggested the concerned parent take the matter up with the School Board.”

The matter was then brought to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s attention and after multiple requests to stop the distribution of the bibles, the FFRF requested that the Satanic coloring book be given away along with other pro-atheism pamphlets.

Orange County (Florida) tried to stop atheists from distributing similar literature like this and failed. This cost taxpayers approximately $90,000 in legal fees. Because Delta County officials said yes to the distribution of the bibles, they must say yes to the distribution of the Satanic coloring book and pamphlets like, “It’s Okay to Not Believe in God!”

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District officials said yes to the coloring book and pamphlets and parents of the district were enraged:

Some Delta parents are in an uproar that atheist and satanic literature will be distributed in Delta County high schools and middle schools on April 1st.

Kurt Clay, with the Delta School District says if they are going to make literature for things such as Boy Scouts, 4H or other organizations available, they have to allow all types of information to be available to students.

“This is the other side of that,” explained Kurt Clay, the Assistant Superintendent. “The policy says we cannot discriminate what is handed out, we just have to follow the process.”

The process means that atheist literature will not be handed out to students, but rather placed on a table in a school’s library. This will allow students to pick it up the materials only if they wish to.

Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, commented on the distribution in a press release. “I think it’s lovely that Delta County Public Schools is helping us to help provide students with a such a poignant lesson in First Amendment Constitutional Law and the principle of pluralism, not to mention Comparative Religion,” Greaves states. “Those lessons couldn’t possibly be any more relevant today.”

You can print the full Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities here. 

[Patheos]

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  1. Tom

    March 25, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Most of us are like, “bring it on.” Let’s see how hope in Satan compares to hope in a resurrected God to those in crisis. When you get a horrible diagnosis from your physician you are free to chose from Satan, Flying Spaghetti Monsters, or Jesus Christ for you hope. I know where I would put my trust.

  2. Scott

    March 28, 2016 at 10:47 am

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster, right?

  3. John Hedtke

    March 28, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I love how the Satanic Church and the FSM are being used to make the point about true religious freedom.

    I’m a retired priest and I see both of these groups doing God’s work in the US.

  4. Tom Moe

    March 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    It’s a free country. If you want to put your hopes on a FSM go for it. I have no desire to stop you.

  5. scott

    March 29, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Actually, Tom, if I get a horrible diagnosis, I think I’ll put my faith in medicine and science. Glad you won’t waste your time trying to convince me to put it in a creature that is no more or less real than the FSM.

  6. Tom Moe

    March 30, 2016 at 5:22 am

    No, I won’t waste my time. However, you are sentencing yourself to something very sad. When you get your horrible diagnosis of incurable illness you only have science and medicine to keep draining your energy to avoid the point of inevitable nothingness. e get the choice of science and medicine or something more real than a FSM when that happens.

  7. Scott

    March 30, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Great, so you put your faith in your flying friend to cure you, I’ll get medical treatment, and we’ll see how it all works out.

  8. Special K

    March 31, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    You reap what you sow.

  9. Tom Moe

    April 1, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Scott, you just don’t get it. Can I dummy this down any further? We both get science and medicine. You just don’t have the hope. Eventually science and medicine fails us both. That’s when I want to hear from you.

  10. Scott

    April 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Oh, I get it Tom. You have “hope” in a fairy tale, which will somehow make your final struggle more meaningful than those that don’t believe in said fairy tale. Got it. Your point is understood. It is simply not agreed with. Can I dummy that down any further for you?

  11. Tom Moe

    April 2, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Sadly Scott, you still don’t understand. You have a “fairy tale.” We have a “Risen Savior.”

  12. scott

    April 2, 2016 at 8:39 am

    You’re the one who still doesn’t get it, Tom. I DON’T have a fairy tale at all. I believe YOU have the fairy tale, you believe you have the risen savior. Having read some of your other comments (apparently you believe the first amendment says something about freedom of lunch drinks), I’m not surprised you can’t figure out the difference.

  13. Tom Moe

    April 2, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Ok. So you don’t even have a fairy tale and you are clueless as to what we have. What is there to not understand?

  14. scott

    April 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Yeah, the Christian Taliban believes the First Amendment applies only to them. Most Christians, thankfully, are not like that.

  15. Tom Moe

    April 2, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Scott, you just keep going like someone falling down stairs. The article is titled as a fallacy and you take it a step further into idiot land. The article, like so often done by atheist groups, sensationalized the event as, “Pushing Bibles.” You go further and make it sound like a Taliban group. How is this “pushing Bibles” let alone what the Taliban does?
    This group made Bibles available. Students could choose to take one. They could choose not to do so. Have you made enough drama yet?

  16. Scott

    April 3, 2016 at 3:34 am

    And now some Christians (like, uhh … you) are complaining that a Satanic group is similarly making literature available. Because they (you) feel freedom of speech and religion applies only to those they (you) like. Those would be the folks I’m referring to, not the people who made the bibles available – unless they are the same folks. Possible, and maybe even likely, but not certain. One of us IS like a slow-motion, continuing accident … I’ll let those who are reading these comments make up their minds who.

  17. Tom Moe

    April 4, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    If it doubt, Strawman. Good illustration Scott.

  18. Scott

    April 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

    “If it doubt, Strawman.” Said the nutbar who made the argument (with, one presumes, a straight face) that freedom of speech and religion meant beer for school children.

  19. Tom Moe

    April 5, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    From strawman to ad hominem. Such skill in dodging the issue. It does explain why you didn’t understand the point. So what evasive skill can we not bother to read next?

  20. Scott

    April 6, 2016 at 9:54 am

    How exactly did you respond to the point that you referred to as a “strawman”? Because I didn’t actually see a response. And now you’re complaining about a non-response? Do you have as little self-awareness as it seems, or are you simply trolling?

  21. Tom Moe

    April 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    You made very little issue other than straw manning my position in a fictitious manner. Never did anyone say that freedom of speech only belongs to myself. The only other thing close to a point is that you were going to put it up to opinion of readers. Pretty much I am the only one who bothered to read your stuff and am very bored with it like the others.

  22. scott

    April 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    So you agree that the Satanic group should also be permitted to make their materials available to the students? Great, we’re on the same page. Good talk.

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