News channel KJCT8 in Colorado is reporting that atheist and satanic groups are going to be circulating atheist, secular and satanic literature to middle and high school students in Delta County, Colorado.
In December, Gideons made Bibles available for students at public schools in Delta County. That led to a student complaint, and led to secular groups such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers and the Satanic Temple to apply for similar distribution.
“The school district is not required to maintain this open forum and is free to close it rather than allow FFRF to distribute materials,” Freedom From Religion attorney Andrew Seidel wrote in a letter to the district earlier this month. “We do not think schools should be a battleground for religious ideas. But when schools allow the Gideons to prey on children, their message of eternal damnation for any who don’t believe in their God must be countered.”
Some of the brochures include “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities,” “Top 10 Public School State-Church Violations and How to Stop Them,” and “What’s Wrong with the Ten Commandments?”
According to KJCT-TV, parents have expressed opposition to the upcoming distribution.
Kurt Clay, the assistant superintendent of the Delta County School District, told reporters this past week that the district can’t turn down the groups because of way the distribution policy is written. “The way the policy is written, cannot discriminate what is handed out. We just have to follow the process,” he said.