FFRF sues over literature discrimination


The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit June 13 in U.S. District Court in Florida against the Orange County School Board in Orlando for censoring distribution of freethought materials while allowing unfettered distribution of the Christian bible.

Plaintiffs are FFRF, its Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, and David Williamson, who heads the Central Florida Freethought Community, an FFRF chapter. Distribution of limited freethought literature was allowed on May 2, the National Day of Prayer.

The distribution was organized in response to a so-called "passive" bible distribution in January, when World Changers evangelists in about 11 public schools were permitted to hawk bibles and promote religion.

FFRF asserts violation of its rights under the First Amendment (viewpoint discrimination and prior restraint) and 14th Amendment (equal protection).

Orange County Public Schools insisted on vetting the freethought literature from FFRF and other secular groups. It censored many of the materials, including "Letter to a Christian Nation," Sam Harris' book; "The Truth," an essay by Robert G. Ingersoll; "Jesus Is Dead" a book by Robert Price, professor of philosophy and religion; "What on Earth Is an Atheist," a book by Madalyn Murray O'Hair; "Why I am Not a Muslim," a book by Ibn Warraq, and several FFRF "nontracts," including "Dear Believer," "Why Jesus?" "What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?" and "An X-Rated Book."

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  1. It’s almost like blatant racial discrimination!
    It’s a characteristic of believers that they have a right to be partial.(presumably the Sky Fairy would endorse)

  2. Age appropriate, ha ha ha! Read the damn bible, you idiots, before you spout “age appropriate” at us. People wonder why I get angry.

  3. Just goes to show,religionists are not fairminded.When one considers the far from just ‘ goings on’ in their holy books, it does not surprise one.Congrats FFRF. It is about time the playing fields were levelled.

  4. In reply to #3 by aquilacane:

    Age appropriate, ha ha ha! Read the damn bible, you idiots, before you spout “age appropriate” at us. People wonder why I get angry.

    So Christian children aren’t allowed to read the bible? Yeah, right!

  5. To be pious is to be disingenuous, divisive, dishonest and discriminatory. Want power and influence? Suppress and bad mouth competition.

  6. In reply to #7 by scottburdick:

    Thank the Spaghetti Monster for FFRF!

    Tuh. Bloody ragùheads.

    Comin’ over ‘ere, taking our pesto. We should send ’em all back to the largest city in the Emilia-Romagna Region of Northern Italy where they come from if you arsk me.

    You’re told it’s cow, but you know it’s ‘orse.

    They should all be stood up against a wall… and then told to jump up at it to see if they stick. It’s the only language they understand.

  7. Thankfully people can now grow up and check out the internet – the banning of literature will not ban the true knowledge, it just shows the leaders up to be controlling, corrupt, deceitful and prejudiced – Sounds like North Korea !!

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