Atheist and satanic literature to be made available to middle and high school students
By Rick Moran March 25, 2016
A school district in Colorado will make available literature from atheist and satanic groups to children of middle school and high school age. The administration claims it is only following policy requiring the distribution of "non curricula" literature.
The controversy arose when a Colorado atheist group reacted to the school district distributing Bibles in December of last year. The Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, working with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, say they want to offer students "an alternative way of thinking."
Not surprisingly, parents are up in arms. But the district claims its hands are tied by the First Amendment. ...
Words will not bewitch anyone, so the idea that the literature will corrupt our youth is far-fetched. Of bigger concern is that the literature will raise questions in the minds of students that parents and teachers may not be equipped to answer. Middle school students especially may be too young to grasp the flawed logic of satanism or the selective evidence used by atheists to explain their beliefs.
But why not satanism? Why not atheism? The potential is there to start a healthy discussion with parents, teachers, and religious about why we believe what we believe. In the abstract, the literature could prove to be a valuable teaching tool.
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