A well-known atheist group is ramping up their proselytizing, and have released a number of anti-Bible tracts that depict the Word of God as nothing more than an X-rated book that full of salacious accounts of immorality, violence and obscenity. The distasteful leaflet, which the group plans distribute to teenagers attending Florida schools, shows a picture of a tongue-wagging bible getting an upskirt grope of a fleeing girl.
Reports CNS News on Oct 24: “The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group, is planning to hand out in several Florida public high schools a pamphlet that features an illustration on its cover depicting a humanized Bible sexually assaulting a young woman.”
Calling them “Non-tracts: the freethought answer to ubiquitous religious tracts,” the group has published a number of religious rebuking messages, including other offensive handbills entitled: “Confused? Bible Contradictions,” “Cookie Cutter Christs,” “Heathen’s Greetings” – a discussion of pagan Christmas roots, and “What’s Wrong with the Ten Commandments.”
Freedom From Religion Foundation adherents had attempted to distribute their written messages last year to schools in the Orange County district, but were initially shut down after the board found the reading material and cover pictures “wholly inappropriate.” While some tracts were allowed among the schools with 14- to 18–year-olds, the X-Rated Bible tract was not.
“An X-Rated Book: This brochure may not be distributed,” OCPS Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said at the time. “This brochure will cause substantial disruption and is age inappropriate. There is a picture on the cover of a Bible book given human features sticking its hand up the dress of a woman.”
But the atheist group is back at it, and after filing a lawsuit against the Orange County School Board claiming the “district had unlawfully discriminated against it and violated its First and Fourteenth Amendment rights” by banning their tracts, have announced plans to canvass the school on National Religious Freedom Day, coming on Jan. 16 of next year. The lawsuit was dismissed after the school revisited its decision. “Judge Kendall Sharp of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida dismissed FFRF’s free speech case against the Orange County School District as moot, since the district has agreed to let FFRF distribute all of the literature it had previously prohibited,” said a news release on the group’s website.
“I think if you look at the content of that brochure and what is actually in the Bible, and some of the things that are in the Bible in terms of sex and compare that to the cover [of the pamphlet], the cover is pretty tame compared to anything that is in the Bible,” FFRF Legal Counsel Andrew Seidel said. “I think the bottom line is, you can’t consider any of our materials obscene when compared to the Bible.”
Katherine Marsh, communications director for Orange County Public Schools, said they will fight one again to keep certain literature from the FFRF excluded. “No, no, no, that’s a long way away,” Marsh said. “[The media] have perpetuated this terrible rumor that Satanists are coming in. It is incorrect to say that at this time this organization has asked for and received clearance to hand out this pamphlet in Orange County Public Schools.”
Seidel in turn said that the board cannot approve organizations to hand out Bibles, but not their tract, which simply draws attention to the so-called scandalous accounts contained therein. “They cannot approve the Bible, which is full of all the things that are in the pamphlet, and then say that our materials are somehow obscene,” Seidel said.
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