California charter school removes Christian books from library

River Springs Charter School
Springs Charter Schools, aka River Springs Charter School, is a charter school in the city of Temecula, Riverside County, southern California.
On its “About Us: Vision & Mission” page, Springs Charter Schools describes itself as “created and is operated by parents” and that “We value Parent choice and involvement, Using the community as the classroom, Fostering a child’s innate creativity, Collaborating to achieve goals, Building relationships, and Personalizing learning.”
What the page leaves out is that Springs Charter Schools also values CENSORSHIP and ANTI-CHRISTIANITY.
Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a conservative legal defense organization in California, is sounding the alert that Springs Charter Schools is violating the First Amendment by removing library books based on their perceived Christian content.
In an email, PJI states:

A parent of students enrolled at Springs Charter Schools was recently shocked to see some of the books being targeted for removal, including the well-known account of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place.  The parent contacted PJI after library personnel explained to her that they had been directed to remove Christian books, books by Christian authors, and books from Christian publishers.

PJI attorney Michael Peffer sent the school a cease-and-desist letter on August 22, citing long-established Supreme Court precedent that strongly disapproves of school libraries removing books based on opposition to their content or message.   
 
Last week, the Superintendent of Springs Charter Schools, Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer, ignored the precedent in PJI’s letter and instead insisted, “We . . . do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves.”
  
PJI President Brad Dacus commented, “It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors.  Indeed, some of the greatest literature of Western Civilization comes from people of faith.  Are they going to ban the sermons or speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?  What about the Declaration of Independence that invokes the laws of nature and nature’s God?  We are calling on Springs Charter Schools to immediately reverse their ill-conceived and illegal book-banning policy.”  
 
PJI responded to the school this week by sending a public records request and is prepared to take further legal action if the school continues to ignore its constitutional obligations.  

To contact the Pacific Justice Institute:

Brad Dacus (916) 857-6900

Scrolling through the Springs Charter Schools’ very long list of “Administration Contacts(Bloated Bureaucracy Alert!), I can’t find any contact info for its superintendent.
As if that could end my search. [smirk]
From the California Department of Education website:

Kathleen M. Hermsmeyer
Superintendent
Ph: (951) 252-8800 ext. 891
Email: kathleen.hermsmeyer@harborspringscharter.org

Kathleen Hermsmeyer, 47

Kathleen Hermsmeyer, 47


I also saw this on Springs Charter Schools’ very long list of “Administration Contacts“:

Enchanted Learning – Amber Zielinski (951) 252-8841

“Enchanted Learning”? I dread to ask what that is.
H/t FOTM’s MomofIV
~Eowyn

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Michael
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Michael

Her email is down now.

lou damico
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lou damico

what is it going to take for Christians to stand up, united and proclaim, we have had enough? How much longer will they allow this type of persecution? A few thousand atheists and gays have wrecked havoc on our society. For God’s sake, grow some balls and do something. There’s millions of us, right!
Let’s take our country back from those who seek to pervert it and our way of life.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ah, being an “educator” means being a progress left/liberal blockhead… that “fundamental tranformation” the Left wants.

judy
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judy

Why not just pile them on the front lawn of the school and burn them?! Ha! They think they can make Christianity go away; as if removing some books will make Jesus go away. “Where can I go from your Spirit?”

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k2globalcommunicationsllc
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last year my daughter stood up to a militant sodomite government school instructor and got penalized for it. The only course subject she was not placed into AP. Amerika, sigh.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

One question that would interest me . . . are copies of the Qua-ran allowed in this school?

mike cdiamond
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the christian books need to stay in the school library! the real doctor says they should stay!

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this fascinating post. The Nazis burned important books written by Greek philosophers and Christian philosophers and theologians. Apparently, these people are doing the same thing. They are idiots with degrees. As for “Kathleen,” I recommend that she go to a salon and get her eyebrows waxed-they need help. I know that I go and get this done so that I won’t be the missing link in the evolutionary train. But at least I won’t be known as a book burner.

Peggy Muller
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Peggy Muller

I am a Christian who supports fighting censorship. Unfortunately, this is not a case of censorship. Let me explain by a question. Would you be able to walk into a traditional public school classroom and demand the teacher use a Christian math text to teach math? No, you would not. This is what this case is about. I am a former employee and homeschool parent of River Springs Charter School. River Springs Charter School is a public charter school which supports homeschool families. The problem here is the term “library” is confusing people. This is not a library in the… Read more »

Peggy Muller
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Peggy Muller

Additionally, one more thing. There was a comment about Enchanted Learning and a joke about fearing what that site may entail. Enchanted Learning is a site with a collection of worksheets for students preschool through elementary age. When I was homeschooling my children and needed to supplement with a worksheet or wanted something more creative, I would access this site to print out worksheets. Is it too much too ask that before something is attacked or mocked, at least an effort is made to gather facts?

Captain Whitehead
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Captain Whitehead

Their schools are terrible anyway…….