Christian messages have been banned from an email distribution system at one California school district.
After receiving complaints from parents about an email their children received for a “Bring your Bible to School Day” event, one California district has instituted a newly approved policy on promotional materials that might deter messages about religious events from being distributed.
Folsom Cordova unified school district’s board unanimously approved changes to its email announcement policy in response to students and parents who questioned why a school would be sending notices about religious events, or even atheist events, such as a flyer many received about the atheist “freethought day.”
Daniel Thigpen, spokesman for the school district, told the Christian post that while the new policy was not a decision to deter bible based or atheism based messages through the e-flyer system, he acknowledged the new policy would prevent Bring your bible to school day and freethought day flyers from being approved.
The new policy is now in effect and school administrators are working to educate schools and the broader community about the changes.
Thigpen said most of the people who use the system wanted to keep hearing about non-school events because they saw them as educational or enriching.
He also claimed the policy was not meant to ban flyers from religious organizations but its hard to see how it won’t have that effect.