Ten Commandments to be Displayed in Public Schools

(DailyVantage.com) – To combat the growing influence of secular teaching within American school districts, conservative lawmakers have renewed their efforts to have schools display the Ten Commandments in common areas.

While most states have rejected the push to install the religious doctrine in classrooms, Louisiana lawmakers recently approved the policy, making Louisiana the first state to require schools to display the Ten Commandments in classrooms. The state’s Ten Commandments policy applies to grade schools and colleges and will take effect in any state-funded schools within Louisiana.

Other states are attempting to pass similar legislation, including Texas, Utah, and Oklahoma, although legislators within these states have resisted the concept of installing religious doctrines in classrooms thus far. Louisiana’s Ten Commandments policy comes four decades after the United States Supreme Court released a split decision that banned schools from installing the Ten Commandments in classrooms. This decision, which was a landmark in the debate over the separation of church and state, has not deterred Christian advocacy groups from pushing to have the judgment overturned despite numerous rejections from the court when asked to hear similar cases.

The Louisiana policy features several provisions that would differentiate it from prior cases, including requiring schools to avoid using state funding to purchase the Ten Commandment displays. Instead, schools must obtain the displays using donated funds or displays from private citizens. Despite the bill requiring schools to use charitable donations to fulfill its requirements, schools are obligated to display the Ten Commandments and could face potential repercussions if they refuse or fail to follow the bill’s requirement.

Free speech advocacy groups across the United States have expressed outrage over the Ten Commandments requirement, citing the United States Constitution. According to free speech advocates, requiring schools to display the Ten Commandments violates the Constitution’s free exercise clause, as it insinuates government support for a specific religion. Despite the criticism from free speech advocates and legal experts, Louisiana’s governor seems enthusiastic about the controversial bill.

Governor Jeff Landry (Republican) discussed the bill with mainstream media outlets and confirmed that he supported it, although he didn’t sign it. Landry said every public classroom in Louisiana will have a Ten Commandments display. Landry also expressed his excitement over the potential fallout of the bill, claiming that he couldn’t wait until someone attempted to sue him for the Ten Commandments policy.

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