Atheists in the Delta County School District in Colorado have won the right to pass out literature that will expose middle and high school students to atheism, secularism, and Satanism. Some of the example pamphlets include titles like: “Top 10 Public School State-Church Violations and How to Stop Them,” “What’s Wrong with the Ten Commandments?” and “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.”
Kurt Clay, the Assistant Superintendent, said the district had no choice but to give the atheist groups an outlet for distribution. Clay said that if groups like the Boy Scouts were allowed to pass out literature, The Freedom From Religion Foundation and similar atheist groups had to be allowed as well.
“This is the other side of that,” said Clay. “The policy says we cannot discriminate what is handed out, we just have to follow the process.”
Ann Landman of the Western Colorado Atheist and Freethinkers said, “Students are not only getting a lesson about the federal laws and our constitution, but also a different point of view that you can find around the world.”
The group, however, does not particularly want to hand out literature in schools; they admit that what they’re really hoping for is a change in the policies. This issue came to a head last December when children in the district were given Gideon Bibles during school hours, and the atheist organizations hope to bring that practice to an end. And that appears to be in the works. The school district announced that they were looking to refine their policies to ban explicitly-religious literature.
Which, no doubt we’ll learn at some point in the future, makes a special exception for Islam, which magically becomes World History in public school. Even when the students are memorizing Islamic chants, and proclaiming that Allah is the one true god.
It’s easy to look at this story and laugh it off, because we don’t really have the same “Satanic Panic” we did back in the 1980s. Parents are more concerned about their kids joining ISIS than the local blood-drinking cult.
On the other hand, this war against Christianity is costing us more than we may realize. We’re not just talking about losing our morality, we’re moving further and further away from a central, shared culture. And it’s increasingly obvious that all of this is for a reason. This isn’t a culture willfully abandoning its own history and traditions; this is a political ideology that has infected us in ways we can hardly begin to catalogue. That ideology isn’t atheism, it’s liberalism. It’s multiculturalism. And it is going to take much more than a presidential election to turn the tide.
But it would be a start.