DELTA, Colo. Some Delta parents are in an uproar, after both atheist and satanic literature will be distributed in Delta County high schools and middle schools on April 1st. The Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers say they are working with the Freedom From Religion Foundation to offer Delta students, alternative ways of thinking.
The Delta County School District says that their policy reads that they cannot discriminate against any groups or organizations when it comes to non-curricular materials. The only exceptions are if the material promotes hostility or violence, commercial purposes by advertising a product, interferes with the schools, promotes candidacy in an election or is obscene or pornographic, according to a press release by the Delta School District.
Kurt Clay, with the Delta School District says if they are going to make literature for things such as Boy Scouts, 4H or other organizations available, they have to allow all types of information to be available to students.
In December, Gideon bibles were distributed to Delta County students. The Western Colorado Atheist and Freethinkers say the distribution of those bibles prompted their desire to distribute atheist and satanic material as well.
"This is the other side of that,” explained Kurt Clay, the Assistant Superintendent. “The policy says we cannot discriminate what is handed out, we just have to follow the process.”
The process means that atheist literature will not be handed out to students, but rather placed on a table in a school’s library. This will allow students to pick it up the materials only if they wish to.
Ann Landman with the Western Colorado Atheist and Freethinkers says the issue here, is Freedom of Speech.
"Students are not only getting a lesson about the federal laws and our constitution, but also a different point of view that you can find around the world,” Landman explained.
The Delta School District says they are looking into revising their policy, or makes changes to it, to allow the district to continue providing materials that benefit students, but do not include religious matters or beliefs.
Western Colorado Atheist and Freethinkers says they are hoping to see this change of policy, to separate religion and schools.