It is no surprise that this story is coming out of California…as much of the craziness we see happening in our nation’s schools seem to resonate from that state that is so unreflective of the rest of the country that it might as well go ahead and disintegrate off our map. If their liberal policies and high taxes don’t cause them to implode first.
For those of you who are history buffs, you know the story of Corrie Ten Boom well. It’s iconic in regards to the Holocaust era and one of the most heart wrenching, fascinating stories on our library shelves that gives us an inside look to the horrors and atrocities of the Holocaust. But, a school in California labels it too “sectarian” to continue to be offered to their students.
Pacific Justice Institute is warning a charter school in Southern California that it is violating the First Amendment by removing library books based on their perceived Christian content.
A parent of students enrolled at Springs Charter Schools recently was shocked to see some of the books being targeted for removal, including the well-known account of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place. The parent contacted PJI after library personnel explained to her that they had been directed to remove Christian books, books by Christian authors, and books from Christian publishers.
PJI attorney Michael Peffer sent the school a cease-and-desist letter on Aug. 22, citing long-established Supreme Court precedent that strongly disapproves of school libraries removing books based on opposition to their content or message.
Last week, the superintendent of Springs Charter Schools, Kathleen Hermsmeyer, ignored the precedent in PJI’s letter and instead insisted, “We … do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves.”
Her story cannot be told to students because Corrie Ten Boom was a Christian. Therefore, she becomes not irrelevant but in need of censorship. As do ALL of the books by Christian authors residing in any library at Springs Charter Schools, against I might add, the wishes of most of the parents of students in that school. This isn’t an attack just on Christianity– but on information. And it is censorship at it’s very worst. But it begs the question…didn’t Hitler do something similar?
If you would like to express your (respectful but firm) opinion, you can contact Kathleen Hermsmeyer below:
Kathleen M. Hermsmeyer
Ph: (951) 252-8800 ext. 891