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Texas School District Pulls Bible From Library Amid Book Ban Debate

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A Texas school district has pulled dozens of books from its library and classroom shelves ― including the Bible ― after they were challenged under a recent policy supported by conservative leaders.

Before the beginning of the varsity 12 months, Keller Independent School District, north of Fort Price, is removing 42 books that were challenged last 12 months by parents and community members, including a graphic adaptation of Anne Frank’s diary, “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison and “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe, The Texas Tribune reported.

A number of the books being removed were alleged to remain in student libraries after a faculty district committee made up of members of the general public met last 12 months and really helpful that they continue to be in circulation.

Nevertheless, since then three recent conservative school board members were elected to the district’s seven-member board of trustees, The Texas Tribune reported. They were all reportedly supported by Christian political motion committees.

Now the books are being pulled in order that they might be reviewed again under a recent board policy approved last week, the district said in a press release.

Based on the policy, any district resident or parent of a district student may formally challenge library material “on the premise of appropriateness.”

Materials which can be within the challenge process will likely be faraway from
shelves.

Under the challenge for the Bible, the creator was listed as “men who lived an extended time ago.”

One Keller ISD parent, Laney Hawes, wrote in a Twitter thread this week that the brand new development was a “violation of our childrens constitutional rights.”

“These books went through the official district-established challenge committee process. But because all of them passed the committee process, our extremist Christian nationalist school board decided the method was ‘rigged,’” Hawes wrote. “Sound familiar?”

“I served on the committee for The Diary of Anne Frank Graphic Novel. The one who challenged the book didn’t even show as much as defend their position. But now the book is pulled,” Hawes added.

Amid Republican-led efforts to ban books from school libraries across the country, a report earlier this 12 months by literary and free expression group PEN America found that greater than 1,000 books had been banned over the past 12 months in U.S. schools, with a major variety of those books related to race and the LGBTQ community.

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