The Bible Joins Fifty Shades of Grey on Library Association's Most Challenged List


America had a good run as a relatively Christian nation, but last year it officially crossed the symbolic line into Bible-bashing secular society.

That’s the religious takeaway from the American Library Association’s annual list of the most frequently challenged books in schools and libraries. The Holy Bible came in at No. 6 on the list, the first time it has made Top 10.

That puts the Bible in the company of books that promote homosexuality (Two Boys Kissing, No. 10) and sexual deviancy (Fifty Shades of Grey, No. 2), among others. The prophetic words of Isaiah still ring true today: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

Historically speaking, attacks on the Bible have been the product of secular communism (Soviet Union, North Korea), religious nationalism (Saudi Arabia) or military oppression (Burma). The Bible wasn’t on the ALA’s top 100 in the 1990s or the 2000s, and it’s not among the ranks of challenged classics.

But now, in a country founded in part as a haven of religious liberty, God’s Word is an increasingly popular target because of its “religious viewpoint.”

James LaRue, who heads the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, told the Associated Press that some people try to ban the Bible in retaliation for Christians attacking other books. The root cause of the hostility is more predictable, however.