Satanists Pressure Schools for Equal Opportunity
In response to allowing Gideons to distribute free bibles, a Delta County, Colorado, school district is being forced to agree to allow satanic coloring books to also be distributed. For over 100 years, the Gideons have given millions of free Bibles and New Testaments to public school children. School officials have generally cooperated with this effort. But, in today's brave new world, opposition is rising from Satan's troops. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), the Satanic Temple, and Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers pressured for equal access.
A precedent was set in Orange County, Florida last year where the school district spent $90,000 unsuccessfully resisting the pressure in court. School officials have a couple of choices; either allow all brands of literature in or rule all types out. Selecting one against another sets them up for charges of discrimination.
Parents, of course, often have few choices when trying to protecting their children's innocence. Some are moving to home schooling if parental time is available. Others look to private schools where funds permit. Many do not have these options. In any case, it comes down to parental involvement, guiding the child's understanding between the godly and ungodly.
In the flood released by the "information age," parents are hard pressed to sort the good from the not-so-good, as well as the evil. Before the internet, monitoring the child's books was relatively simple. Public schools were generally on the side of parents in guiding children to the wholesome. Now, evil is only a mouse click away, and the government schools have joined the enemy in many cases.
But this is an example of what happens to a culture when the salt and light of the gospel fades. Some are marching for government leaders to solve it by ever more restrictive policies. But government here cannot be the savior. America's founding fathers set up a level playing field for all religions —or lack thereof. Even when government backs the "right religion," lust for power soon sets in and persecution follows, usually focused on Bible believers.
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