Because of sex, violence and legal issues, one of the most challenged books in the public schools and libraries nationwide is – the Bible.
Some people want the Bible out of all public institutions on the basis of it being a violation of church and state.
When does this become a violation of peoples’ rights to look at the Bible, if only from a historical perspective or out of interest?
The Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association released its annual 10 top snapshot of “challenged” books on Monday, part of the association’s “State of Libraries Report” for 2016.
People sometimes challenge the Bible to get even with a religious group who have objected to a book.
The library association does not oppose the Bibles in public schools and their position is it “does not violate the separation of church and state as long as the library does not endorse or promote the views included in the Bible.”
Libraries also offer the Quran, the Book of Morman and the Bhagavad Gita. There are fewer complaints over the Quran than the Bible, the association reports.
The Bible was sixth on the list and books that topped it are:
John Green’s “Looking for Alaska,” which has been cited for “offensive language” and sexual content. The runner-up, challenged for obvious reasons, was E L James’ raunchy romance “Fifty Shades of Grey.” “I Am Jazz,” a transgender picture book by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, was No. 3, followed by another transgender story, Susan Kuklin’s “Beyond Magenta.”
The association bases its list on news reports and on accounts submitted from libraries and defines a challenge as a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.”