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US man campaigning to ban Bibles from schools

by Kelly Valencia
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Chaz Stevens

A US man has filed a complaint against eight schools in the state of Florida, to remove the Bible as he believes some of the book's contents qualify to be banned under new state law. 

Earlier this year, Governor Ron DeSantis passed a House Bill which allows members of the public to challenge and ban books available in school classrooms and libraries. 

The law is aimed at giving parents a say on their children's education. 

Citing the Bill, activist Chaz Stevens has now asked school districts to ban the Bible and "any book that references the Bible" as it contains subjects relating to slavery, racism and rape. 

He told The Miami New Times: "My hope - and it's a longshot - is that they will apply their own standards to themselves and ban the Bible."

In his letter to the school districts, published on his social media, Stevens backs his request with a Bible verse corresponding with the topic he is complaining about. 

"With the constant babbling concerns about teaching Critical Race Theory, should we not take stock of the Bible's position on slavery? I am concerned our young white students will read such passages and wake up to civilization's sordid past," Stevens added.

Citing Matthew 15:19, the 57-year-old also complains about the "age appropriateness" of the Bible saying the verse has references to "murder, adultery, sexual immorality and fornication".
"Do we really want to teach our youth about drunken orgies?" he said. 

The document also criticises the Bible's references to "cannibalism" (Leviticus 26:27-29), "smashing babies", "killing children" (Psalm 137:6; Hosea 13:4,9,16; Isaiah 13:9-16), "bestiality" (Leviticus 18:23), "rape" (Jeremiah 13:15-26) and "wokenness" (Ephesians 6:5-7). 

Stevens told NPR he wanted to call out the hypocrisy of the politicians and parents. 

"If you want to teach morality and ethics, do you really want to turn to a book, that wants you to dash babies against rocks?" he told NPR. "My job is merely to turn hypocrisy on itself and let the bureaucrats each other for lunch."

According to official figures by Florida State, more than 200 books have been banned so far covering gender, race and sexuality. 

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