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Utah School District Removes King James Bible From Library Shelves 

June 28, 2023 | By Kali Girl

According to the Independent, a school district in Utah has opted to take down copies of the King James Bible from its library shelves due to a parent’s claim that the religious text violates a newly enacted state law prohibiting inappropriate books.

After facing a challenge in December, the Davis County school district conducted a review of the Bible to assess the presence of any inappropriate content.

The committee determined that although the King James Bible contained instances of “vulgarity and violence,” it did not technically violate a book ban law passed in 2022.

Several schools in the district will no longer provide access to the Bible for middle and elementary school students, while high schoolers can still find it in the library.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, this decision came after a parent in Davis County expressed concerns about the Bible’s appropriateness and criticized Utah’s book bans, claiming that the Bible is “one of the most sex-ridden books around.”

“Incest, onanism, bestiality, prostitution, genital mutilation, fellatio, dildos, rape, and even infanticide,” the challenge read. “You’ll no doubt find that the Bible, under Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-1227, has ‘no serious values for minors’ because it’s pornographic by our new definition.”

A district parent has raised concerns over the outcome of the school board’s recent review and is advocating for the reintroduction of the Bible into Davis County schools.

Critics argue that Utah’s book ban law, which is part of a growing trend of restrictions nationwide, has been unfairly targeting materials that address topics such as racial diversity and LGBTQ+ identities.

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