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Satanists Plan to Give Away Coloring Books, School Board Considers Banning Religious Distributions

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In January of 2013, World Changers of Florida, Inc. held Bible distributions at a number of public high schools in Orange County, Florida. No student would be forced to take one, but there would be a table set up where interested students could take a copy if they wanted:

In 2013 Orange County School Board agreed that non-Christian groups could host religious distribution when World Changers of Florida (a Christian organization) requested access.

So the wheels started turning for other groups. The first volley came from the Atheist group “Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC)” But as it turns out they were heavily censored. Many of their books, could not be given away, including titles such as Sam Harris‘ Letter to a Christian Nation and Ibn Warraq‘s Why I am Not a Muslim.

Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the district but before the lawsuit was ruled upon, the district agreed to let the atheists give away whatever books they wanted.

Then the fun began.
The Satanic Temple announced that they too would like to start a giveaway of materials about Satanism.

And surprise, the school board announced (after the Satanic request) that they are now considering not allowing outside groups to do book distributions:

>Board officials had this to say, “This really has, frankly, gotten out of hand,” said chairman Bill Sublette. “I think we’ve seen a group or groups take advantage of the open forum we’ve had.”

Another board member was much more blunt about the reasons for the potential change:
>“Everyone’s upset about the Satanists and the atheists coming,” she said.

By email David Williamson of the CFFC had this to say:
>“Our members, who are also concerned parents of students in Orange County Public Schools, are pleased the school board has finally realized they have a gaping hole in their policy. We expect they will be able to reach a solution that keeps them out of court and focusing on teaching students instead of propping up religious propaganda. It is quite hilarious that Satan might just be the one to shut down the forum for the Christians. I’m not sure that helps as much in the long run in regards to the true believers.”

When asked what they wanted to distribute, the Satanic believers had this to say:

>We put together our materials, submitted them for review, and we have volunteers prepared to moderate our open distribution should the forum take place. We went through all of this effort because we gave the School Board the benefit of assuming that they understood and considered the broader implications of their open forum policy when they moved to initiate it. We assumed they understood that such an open forum would necessarily be open to multiple viewpoints.

Introspect:
>I gotta say I’m really glad that we have the Satanists to count on in times like these.
Never thought I’d say that, but there ya go. Satanists are saving America.[glitcher21](http://www.reddit.com/user/glitcher21)

[SOURCE](http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/11/14/after-satanists-plan-to-give-away-coloring-books-school-board-considers-banning-religious-distributions-altogether/)

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