Bibles were pulled from library shelves in one Texas school district this week.
The Bible ban in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro is part of a new Keller Independent School District Board of Trustees policy removing any books that had been challenged last year.
Jennifer Price, the district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, sent an email to principals Monday, The Dallas Morning News reports.
“By the end of today, I need all [these] books pulled from the library and classrooms,” Price wrote. “Once this has been completed, please email me a confirmation. We need to ensure this action is taken by the end of the day. I apologize for the late request.”
The banned material, which includes an adaptation of Anne Frank’s diary, listed the Good Book as “The Bible (any variation-King James or otherwise)” on the district website.
A parent complained about the Bible in November and withdrew their complaint in December, according to the list. This comes after the Texas Education Agency opened an investigation into the district for “sexually explicit books available to children,” according to the outlet.
National radio host Todd Starnes slammed the district.
“I told you this was going to happen. I told you they were going to come after the Bible,” he said on the “Todd Starnes Show” Wednesday.
“This is not about banning books. This is about age-appropriate material. I am stunned. We’re not talking about Berkely. We’re not talking about Brooklyn. We’re talking about Texas,” Starnes said.
“The problem with American schools right now is that they are not teaching the Bible in the classroom,” he added.
Another email Tuesday, sent by the associate superintendent John Allison, instructs school officials: “Books that meet the new guidelines will be returned to the libraries as soon as it is confirmed they comply with the new policy. We hope to be able to expedite the process and return eligible books into circulation as soon as possible.”