Orange School Board bans distribution of religious, political materials at school

The Orange County School Board has voted to ban the distribution of religious and political materials in schools.  The controversial decision comes a few months after a group called the Satanic Temple asked for permission to distribute a Satanic coloring book to students.

While copies of the Bible were initially allowed in schools by the board, a request to hand out the Satanic coloring books caused them to reconsider the policy and ban all religious and political material. 

Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette said religious instruction belongs in the home and in the church, and not in the public schools.

"This school board isn't going to allow disruptive groups like the Satanic Temple to distribute material. We certainly are not going to continue to have this circus," said Sublette.

The board voted 7 to 1 to approve the ban, with member Christine Moore casting the dissenting vote.

"I'm not going to vote for it tonight," said Moore. "I don't think it's the end of it, but understand that it is an incredibly difficult situation."

"We do believe the policy we're passing tonight will withstand judicial scrutiny," Sublette said.

If the case is forced into a federal court, Sublette thinks it could end up hurting the students..

"If they succeed, it would force us to close the schools to all distribution of all materials and what that means to your viewers is Pop Warner Football, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club would not be allowed to distribute their materials."

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