Activist Chaz Stevens raises $5,110 to ban Bible from Florida schools, argues it contains "explicit content"

Kristen Walters

Political activist, Chaz Stevens, has embarked on a new mission to remove the Bible from Florida schools. His latest efforts involve starting a "Go Fund Me" campaign to raise money to support his cause. So far, it's brought in over $5,000.
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In late March 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1467 into law, which "required school districts to be transparent in the selection of instructional materials" used in the educational curriculum. It essentially gives parents more say over what types of materials their children were exposed to in public schools.

The legislation, which received strong pushback and criticism from liberals, was created to allow the objection and removal of controversial titles like "Gender Queer: A Memoir" from school libraries, a book Governor DeSantis personally felt was "wrong" to expose to minor children.

However, some left-leaning political activists expressed that policing which types of books are allowed in public school libraries and classrooms "restricts free thought and free speech."

Following the passage of HB 1467, activist Chaz Stevens petitioned each of Florida's public school districts, demanding the removal of the Bible from school libraries. He also called for any reference to the Bible within the school curriculum to be banned.

In a recent tweet, Stevens provided insight as to his reasoning, stating,

"The Bible is a book that has been used to justify slavery, homophobia, and wars for centuries. It's time to ban this dangerous book from our public schools."

In support of his "mission," Stevens has also set up a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money. According to the fundraiser page, the money will be used to create a "web app" that will allow users to create a personalized petition letter to send to their local school district.

The Go Fund Me campaign was created on April 26, 2022, and has already raised $5,110 at the time of this writing.

What do you think?

Do you agree with Chaz Stevens that the Bible should be banned from public schools?

Or do you think it is perfectly acceptable that public school students have access to the Bible and other religious texts?

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