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Maryland school board considers banning books, bestowing Bible

by Amanda Luker

Oct. 14, 2004 – Recently, a recommendation on school reading lists in a Maryland county has raised the ire of civil liberties advocates. The Charles County Board of Education in La Plata, Maryland has recommended removing "anything that provides a neutral or positive view of immorality or foul language" from school reading lists. Included on the Board’s brainstormed list of suggestions were ideas such as distributing Bibles in schools, teaching sex education with a focus on abstinence and removing science books that teach evolution.

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When challenged, Board officials say this list of ideas resulted from a brainstorming session and none of these proposals had been considered for vote.

Critics argue that the school board is attempting to impose their moral judgments on public schools. Stacey Mink, a spokesperson for the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Associated Press: "What they’re proposing is clearly unconstitutional. It is a violation of separation of church and state under the First Amendment."

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