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Bible removed from Utah school district libraries after parent complains it’s ‘pornographic’

A close-up of a page in a Bible carried by (then) U.S. Army 1st Lt. William H. Funchess while he was a prisoner of war during the Korean War. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar)
June 05, 2023

A Utah school district pulled the Bible from its libraries after a parent complained its content could be seen as “pornographic.”

The state’s second largest public school system, Davis School District, removed the Bible from elementary through middle school libraries after a parent complained in protest of a recent Utah law that seeks to remove “pornographic or indecent” content from schools, according to NBC News.

“I thank the Utah Legislature and Utah Parents United for making this bad faith process so much easier and way more efficient,” the parent’s complaint read. “Now we can all ban books and you don’t even need to read them or be accurate about it. Heck, you don’t even need to see the book!”

The complaint included an eight-page list of Bible verses considered objectionable by the parent.

“Incest, onanism, bestiality, prostitution, genital mutilation, fellatio, dildos, rape, and even infanticide,” the complaint added. “You’ll no doubt find that the Bible, under Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-1227, has ‘no serious values for minors’ because it’s pornographic by our new definition.”

In response to the complaint, a school district review committee determined the King James version of the Bible could remain “in school library circulation only at the high school level based on age appropriateness due to vulgarity or violence,” district spokesman Christopher Williams told NBC News.  

Williams noted that the decision was appealed  “by an individual who would like it retained at all levels.” A three-member committee from the district’s Board of Education will debate the issue before a final decision is reached.

Earlier this year, students at a Christian college in Kentucky held a 24/7 non-stop prayer service for over a week.

The service at Asbury University in Hughes Auditorium was supposed to be over on the morning of February 8th, Christianity Today reported. However, the students were so inspired by the ending benediction and song from the gospel choir that they decided to stay and keep praying.