It seems that some “educators” are engaging in what can only be called a war on Christianity. Citing a report by the Pacific Justice Institute, Truth Revolt said Friday that a charter school in Temecula, California, thumbed its nose at the Constitution and the Supreme Court when it recently targeted and banned Christian-based books from its library. It also singled out books by Christian authors and publishers.
The Pacific Justice Institute said it received a complaint from a parent shocked to see the list of banned reading material. Among the books deemed inappropriate by the school was “The Hiding Place,” the well-known account of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom, who hid Jews from the Nazis because of her strong Christian beliefs. Newsbusters said ten Boom’s story has “inspired millions.” But the school disapproves because it was written by a Christian, and that is simply unacceptable in today’s politically-correct environment where evil is rapidly replacing good.
On August 22, PJI attorney Michael Peffer sent a cease and desist letter to the school, informing administrators that by targeting Christian-themed books, they are violating students’ First Amendment rights. Peffer, PJI said, cited “long-established Supreme Court precedent that strongly disapproves of school libraries removing books based on opposition to their content or message.”
But the school ignored the letter and doubled down on its censorship. According to Truth Revolt, Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer, the superintendent of Springs Charter Schools, said the school does not “allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves.”
“It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors,” said PJI President Brad Dacus. “Indeed, some of the greatest literature of Western Civilization comes from people of faith.”
“Are they going to ban the sermons or speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?” he asked. “What about the Declaration of Independence that invokes the laws of nature and nature’s God?”
But Hermsmeyer ironically denied the school is discriminating against Christians, Todd Starnes said at Fox News. According to Hermsmeyer, the school has not “discriminated against Christian authors or publishing companies who create secular educational materials.”
“The way I see it – book banning is just one step away from book burning,” Starnes added. “And I don’t mean to pour gasoline on the fire, but we all know what regime did that,” he said, referring to the Nazi regime.
PJI called on the school to immediately reverse its policy of banning books based on their Christian content. It also said it is prepared to take legal action if the school continues to violate the Constitution.