Elementary and middle school students in Utah’s Davis School District, located north of Salt Lake City, will no longer be able to find the Bible at school libraries after a district review committee decided to make it only available at high school libraries.
School district spokesman Christopher Williams told NBC News that the committee chose to “retain the book in school library circulation only at the high school level based on age appropriateness due to vulgarity or violence.”
The decision came after a parent, upset by a recent state law designed to keep “pornographic or indecent” materials out of school, filed a complaint against the Bible.
“I thank the Utah Legislature and Utah Parents United for making this bad faith process so much easier and way more efficient,” the complaint said. “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!”
“Incest, onanism, bestiality, prostitution, genital mutilation, fellatio, dildos, rape, and even infanticide,” the complaint continued. “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.”
Another person has already filed a complaint to put the Bible back into circulation at all school levels, not just high school.
The controversy in Utah followed a host of complaints around the country about sexually explicit books being available at school libraries. This has prompted drives from conservative lawmakers and parents to remove the content.
Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), for instance, recently pushed to remove volumes such as “Let’s Talk About It,” which shows graphic depictions of how children can masturbate, as well as “Gender Queer,” which includes cartoons of homosexual activity.
In Virginia, a mother named Stacy Langton was barred from entering the school’s library after she exposed pornographic reading material available to Fairfax High School students. She made national news when she read from several books available to students that included graphic depictions of sex and pedophilia.