ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — An atheist group is considering distributing an X-rated book to Orange County schools after free Bibles were placed inside schools by a religious organization this past week.
The Central Florida Freethought Community said in a statement the group received consent from the Orange County School Board to distribute atheist materials after a Christian organization gave out Bibles.
“This group of Biblical Literalists has somehow convinced the School Board that our public schools should be a religious battleground of sorts,” David Williamson, spokesman for the group, said in a statement. “This is unacceptable to freethinkers and persons of all religious traditions, including many Christians. But because the school board insists on opening the schools up to Christian proselytizers, we think it’s important that students receive materials countering their religious propaganda.”
The atheist group says its considering what materials to distribute, including “An X-Rated Book: Sex & Obscenity in the Bible” and “Ten Common Myths About Atheists.”
The schools’ general counsel says they will not allow pornographic materials inside the learning institutions.
“Anything that contains pornographic material, any references to advertising, alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, or anything disruptive to school district and their educational facility” will not be allowed, Diego Rodriguez told WOFL-TV.
The station reports that the atheist group will only be allowed to set up a table to leave the materials on.
The atheist group says it is waiting for written permission from the school board as to when to distribute the materials.