An activist in Florida is asking several school districts to ban the Bible because it contains topics that are banned under a new Florida law, according to the Washington Post.
Chaz Stevens, filed a petition asking 63 Florida school districts to ban the Christian holy book and “any book that references to the Bible”.
Stevens cited a bill signed into law last month by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), which lets parents object to educational materials with sexually explicit content. The new law also prohibits instruction that suggests members of one race are inherently racist.
Stevens questioned if the Bible was age-appropriate given the many Biblical references to slavery, rape, bestiality, cannibalism and infanticide.
“With the constant babbling concerns about teaching Critical Race Theory, should we not take stock of the Bible’s position on slavery? I am concerned our young white students will read such passages and wake up to civilization’s sordid past,” Stevens said in a letter to schools.
“Do we really want to teach our youth about drunken orgies?” he added.
He also cited several verses from the Bible to support his argument. For example, Stevens said Genesis 2:18, which says: “It is not good that the man should be alone,” is a potential reference that could cause schoolchildren to be “one giant step closer to getting their LGBTQ+ freak on.”
“In the end, if Jimmy and Susie are curious about any of the above, they can do what everyone does – get a room at the Motel Six and grab the Gideons,” he wrote.
Stevens started a GoFundMe page earlier this week to raise funds for his effort.
“It’s long past time to ban this dangerous book from our public schools,” he wrote in the GoFundMe.
Stevens told NPR that he is interested in drawing attention to the hypocrisy.
“If you want to teach morality and ethics, do you really want to turn to a book that wants you to dash babies against rocks?”he said. “My job is merely to turn hypocrisy on itself and let the bureaucrats eat each other for lunch.”
This is not the first time Stevens has filed petitions exposing hypocrisy in Florida. In 2015, some Florida cities dropped their moment of prayer altogether after he petitioned 11 South Florida municipalities to either drop the prayer that opens their city commission meetings, or let him lead a prayer in the name of Satan.