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Atheist Group to Distribute "X-Rated Bible" Pamphlets to Florida Schools

Back in September, we told you about the Satanic Temple's plan to hand out pamphlets to school kids in Florida titled The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities in response to a recent Orange County School Board decision that allows for the distribution of religious materials in public schools.

Now comes news that atheist group the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) will also be handing out its own pamphlets, although with a tad more edge to them.

Meanwhile, the School Board says the organization has neither asked for nor gotten permission to hand out the material, though that may be a misrepresentation of the facts.

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The pamphlet the FFRF is planning to distribute is titled An X-Rated Book: Sex and Obscenity in the Bible. The pamphlet's cover depicts a menacing cartoon Bible angrily reaching out to a woman running away.

According to Raw Story, inside the pamphlet are passages from the Bible that mention sex, nudity, and circumcision, which the FFRF says is obscene.

In an interview with CNS News, an attorney for the group explained the FFRF's motives.

"I think if you look at the content of that brochure and what is actually in the Bible and some of the things that are in the Bible in terms of sex and compare that to the cover, the cover is pretty tame compared to anything that is in the Bible," said attorney Andrew Seidel. "I think the bottom line is, you can't consider any of our materials obscene when compared to the Bible."

The FFRF also says it plans to hand out other previously banned pamphlets showing what the Bible says about abortion, as well as copies of a book titled Jesus Is Dead. One of the pamphlets calls God "arrogant, sexist, and cruel."

The entire episode of handing out pamphlets to Orange County school kids began before the school year began when the School Board said they would allow an evangelical Christian group to hand out Bibles to students while at the same time censoring atheist materials.

Last year, one atheist group known as the Central Florida Free Thought Community intended to hand out materials that included titles like "Jesus Is dead" and "Why I am Not a Muslim." Those materials weren't allowed to be distributed by the School Board because officials thought it would cause a disruption.

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Chris Joseph
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