A Utah school district has banned the King James Bible from elementary schools for “vulgarity and violence.” BBC reported. The decision to remove the book was made by the Davis School District, located north of Salt Lake City, after a parent complained that the book contains material inappropriate for children.
From Fox newsthe complaint was filed in March after a state law passed in 2022 that allowed residents to challenge the books in school libraries.
The parent said in their complaint that the King James Bible “has no serious values for minors” because it is pornographic under our new definition.
“I thank the Utah Legislature and Utah Parents United for making this bad faith process so much easier and much more efficient. Now we can all ban books and you don’t even have to read them or be accurate. Hell, you don’t even need to see the book,” the parent added in the complaint.
After investigating the complaint, officials confirmed that they have already removed seven or eight copies of the Bible they had in their closet. They did not address the reasoning or which passages contained “vulgarity or violence”.
However, the Bible remains on the shelves of the high school library.
That committee decided to “keep the book in school library circulation only at the high school level on the basis of age appropriateness due to vulgarity or violence,” according to a statement to NBC news on Friday from Christopher Williams, a spokesman for the district.
The ban on the Bible comes amid a wider effort by US conservatives to ban teachings on controversial topics such as LGBT rights and racial identity, according to BBC. Many books related to topics such as sexual orientation and identity have already been removed from schools in several states.
A Texas school district pulled the Bible from library shelves last year after complaints from members of the public. Last month, students in Kansas asked to have the Bible removed from their school library as well.
According to the salt lake grandstand, books like Toni Morrison’s The bluest eye and the graphic novel Genderqueer are banned in schools across the country.