|CFC Applauds Federal Appeals Court Decision to Protect Students From Political Propaganda|
|The Christian Family Coalition applauded the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Miami-Dade County School Board did not violate the First Amendment when it ordered the propaganda book "Vamos a Cuba" (A Visit to Cuba) removed after a parent who was a former political prisoner in Cuba complained.|
"The purpose of public schools is to teach with dignity and integrity and to provide quality education by disseminating factual information, not political ideology. When a propaganda book like "Vamos a Cuba" (A Visit to Cuba) is placed into the hands of school children at the expense of hard-earned taxpayer dollars, that is where we need to draw the line," stated Anthony Verdugo, Executive Director, Christian Family Coalition.
"The problem with this propaganda book is that it intentionally lies to schoolchildren by deliberately omitting the truth regarding the intolerable suffering the population of Cuba endures every single day, to this day. The denial of basic human and civil rights such as the right to freedom of religion, speech, assembly and the press, among others, this is why we have always objected to this propaganda piece because it has no place in our schools. This is not about education; it's about indoctrination!" concluded Verdugo.
Judges say school board can ban book about Cuba
MIAMI (AP) -- A federal appeals court says a book about Cuba that avoids controversy over Fidel Castro and the communist government can be removed from Miami-Dade County school libraries.
School board members voted in 2006 to remove 49 copies of "Vamos a Cuba" (A Visit to Cuba) after a parent who was a former political prisoner in Cuba complained.
Another parent and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the removal on First Amendment grounds. A federal judge in Miami decided that the board's opposition to the book was political and that it should add books of different perspectives instead of removing offending titles.
A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Thursday that the board action did not violate the First Amendment.
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