July 14, 2024

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First: Louisiana needs to display the Ten Commandments in classrooms

First: Louisiana needs to display the Ten Commandments in classrooms

Louisiana on Wednesday became the first US state to require the Bible’s Ten Commandments to be displayed in all public school classrooms in the state, from kindergarten through college. This is Conclusion A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2022 could save the state’s Republican lawmakers and governor from an expected challenge.

The challenge is based on the US Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which states that Congress “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” However, in the judgment Kennedy v. Bremerton School DistrictThe Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled that a government agency need not violate the Establishment Clause by allowing religious expression in public.

The Louisiana case differs from that of a high school football coach in the Bremerton school district who was disciplined for praying to his players and their parents at center field after games.

During the debate over displaying the Ten Commandments in Louisiana classrooms, three civil rights groups voiced their opposition: “This bill is unconstitutional. Public schools cannot be required to display the Ten Commandments in classrooms. Many faith-based and civil rights organizations oppose the measure because it violates students’ and families’ fundamental right to religious freedom. »

Louisiana Republican Governor Jeff Landry unveiled a bill this Wednesday that would require the Decalogue to be displayed in public school classrooms. provoked While clapping and saying “Amen”: “If we want to respect the rule of law, we must start from the original law of Moses. »

It is ironic that Governor Landry and the Louisiana Republicans’ favorite presidential candidate have ignored so many commandments in their personal and professional lives.

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Do not commit adultery. You shall not steal. Do not bear false witness against your neighbor…

Conservative states looking to follow Louisiana’s lead include Texas and Oklahoma.

First: Louisiana needs to display the Ten Commandments in classrooms

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