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Primary school bans Bible for ‘vulgarity and violence’

by Premier Journalist

The move comes after a parent complained that the King James Bible contains material unsuitable for children and violates a 2022 state law that makes it easier to remove "pornographic or indecent" content from school libraries.

According to the local news outlet Salt Lake Tribune, the parent who complained said the Bible "has 'no serious values for minors' because it's pornographic by our new definition".

Many have described the complaint as a form of revenge, as a national controversy has arisen over the removal of books in several states, with conservative groups mainly targeting books with references to gender and sexuality.

Initially, the lawmaker for Utah dismissed calls for banning the Bible, but they changed their mind after realising it was a challenging read for younger children. The district ruled that the Bible does not violate the 2022 law but includes "vulgarity or violence not suitable for younger students." However, the book will still be available in local high schools.

Last year, a Texas school district also removed the Bible from its shelves in response to a conservative group's request to remove other books from schools.

A similar request is currently underway in Kansas after students asked for the Bible to be removed from their school's library.


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