The American Library Association (ALA) has the bible on its list of the top 10 most challenged book for the first time in 10 years. Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) said the bible was challenged for religious viewpoints, primarily because of the mistaken perception that separation of church and state means publicly funded institutions are not allowed to spend funds on religious information.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “For most of our nearly 240 years, the Bible has been a book revered, not reviled, by a majority of Americans. To think today people in any kind of significant numbers are requesting that the Bible be removed from public libraries is almost mind-blowing. Christians all over Wisconsin should be checking their local libraries to be sure the Bible is still part of the collection.”