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

“You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it's a violation of church and state," LaRue said.

That is the same driving force behind long-running attacks on public prayer, the Ten Commandments, the motto “in God we trust” and the phrase “under God.” It’s just that today the animosity has reached such a fever pitch that opponents of Christianity are brazenly going straight for the Bible.

The sudden surge in efforts to ban the Bible from schools and libraries shouldn’t be overblown. Americans can still access the truth in many translations and languages, online and offline. We can study it thoroughly in public and in private to find purpose in our own lives, and we can share it freely with others.

But the fact that so many people are determined to keep the Bible off even a few bookshelves is worrisome. There is no similar movement, whether organized or ad hoc, to keep the Quran or other religious texts out of schools and libraries. This trend is a rejection of one faith alone – the “one faith” (Ephesians 4:5).

As a nation, we’ve come a long way since the days of John Adams, who recognized the Bible as “the best book in the world.” We’re just moving in the wrong direction.