Public school ‘purges’ Christian authors from library


A charter school in Southern California is facing the threat of a lawsuit for “purging” Christian books from its library.

Parents contacted the Pacific Justice Institute after Springs Charter School system Supt. Kathleen Hermsmeyer declared the library would not be allowed to carry “sectarian” materials.

Pacific Justice President Brad Dacus told WND that among the books was “The Hiding Place,” the story of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch woman sent to a prison camp by the Nazis of World War II for helping Jews escape.

Dacus said PJI’s legal team and the district have exchanged letters already.

“I think she doesn’t understand the law,” he said of Hermsmeyer.

Dacus cited her statement that the school officials “do not allow sectarian materials on our state authorized lending shelves.”

“That’s a problem,” he said. “She apparently doesn’t understand that public libraries do not have the obligation to sterilize religious books from their shelves.”

Strictly religious books, such as the Bible or the Quran, routinely are on library shelves, he argued.

Dacus said an immediate correction of the school’s policy would prevent a lawsuit.

“It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors,” he said. “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.? What about the Declaration of Independence that invokes the laws of nature and nature’s God.”

Written by BOB UNRUH
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