Crowdsourcing Bible and Dictionary Ban
Broward County Public School System
House Bill 1467, signed by Governor DeSantis on March 25, 2022, and effective July 1, 2022, requires Florida school districts to be transparent in the selection of instructional materials and library and reading materials. This legislation preserves the rights of parents to make decisions about what materials their children are exposed to in school. HB 1467 (download bill's PDF) provides "book selections must meet the selection criteria in section (s.) 1006.40(3)(d), Florida Statutes (F.S.)."
Any material used in a classroom, made available in a school library, or included on a reading list contains content that is pornographic or prohibited under s. 847.012, is not suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented, or is inappropriate for the grade level and age group for which the material is used.
847.012 harmful materials; sale or distribution to minors or using minors in production prohibited; penalty — any book, pamphlet, magazine, printed matter however reproduced, or sound recording that contains any matter defined in s. 847.001, explicit and detailed verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of sexual excitement, or sexual conduct and that is harmful to minors.
Read the Florida Department of Education's Memo to School Board Superintendents on this topic.
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How we got there
Started last April, and finally getting a toe hold, the Church of Mars seeks the ban of hard copies (when available) and online access to the following books (and referential material) from the Broward County Public School system:
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Oxford English Dictionary
- Everyone Poops
For every book ban request, local school officials require a completed "Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials."
Our game plan moving forward
Following HB 1467,
- Books must meet the selection criteria in section (s.) 1006.40(3)(d), florida statutes (f.s.).
- Statute 1006.4 requires books to be "free of pornography and material prohibited under s. 847.012."
- 847.012 stipulates " [...] contains [...] explicit and detailed verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of sexual excitement, or sexual conduct and that is harmful to minors."
For instance, the story of Lot and his daughters.
The next steps
We're seek your help, as we wish to include your ideas in our request to ban the above books.
- Please complete the form below, taking into strong consideration the above guidance.
- We'll spend the next week or two (ending Oct. 15) collecting and analyzing your answers.
- Once that's done, we'll draft our response and submit that document.
- Your submission will remain completely anonymous.