Skip to comments.Ten Commandments restored at Virginia schools
Posted on 01/24/2011 5:38:48 AM PST by careyb
RICHMOND, Va. | A school district in southwestern Virginia is re-posting copies of the Bible's Ten Commandments in all county schools, despite concerns that doing so is unconstitutional.
The five-member Giles County School Board voted unanimously to restore the framed, 4-foot-tall, biblical texts after parents and local ministers complained about their removal from the district's five schools and its technology center. The decision was made even though the board's attorney advised that such Christian displays represent unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.
The Ten Commandments were up on school walls in Giles County for at least a decade next to framed copies of the U.S. Constitution. School officials took them down and replaced them with the Declaration of Independence in mid-December after a resident complained. The board reversed that decision Thursday after several parents and pastors, joined by a throng of supporters, told the board that the schools had a moral obligation to reinforce God's teachings.
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Which religion? The Ten Commandments are part of many religions and I bet equivalents can be found in non-Abrahamaic faiths too. Just shows how little you need to know about religion to be an attorney.
Most lefties are revulsed by the idea that
there is a God
it isn’t you
and He gets to set the rules and judge you by them
Good for them. Tell the ACLU to bring their guns if they want to take them down again.
An “In God We Trust” poster is in the hallway of both my daughters schools in Va. My youngest had a “holiday concert” in December that mentioned Jesus Christ, God, the Bible etc. (granted, they mentioned Kwanzaa once out of obligation I suppose)
A lot of parents quietly spoke of how the school would be “burned to the ground” by the ACLU if this were CA or NY.
We need to do a conservative version of beatles “it’s getting better all the time”
The ACLU's local leadership are known, are they not?
They need a little fear of "we the people" to temper their behavior.
They need to fire that attorney and get one that knows something about the Constitution.
So then wouldn't that mean that in order not to endorse a particular sect then all the versions of the 10 Commandments must be posted and not just a particular one?
Just wondering. When the school authorities post a series of rules, most of which it cannot enforce (you shall have no other gods before me for example), does it affect their ability to enforce other rules? Also, does this mean no football on Friday nights? You wouldn’t want to impose on the Sabbath.
Which 10 Commandments are they posting?
The Catholic version or the Protestant version?
They are different. And it’s just not a wording issue. It’s a completely different commandment.
So as a Catholic can I have my Religion’s 10 Commandments posted too if the current posting is Protestant?
What a monumental idiot.
Then stand by to have the court strike it down.
Catholics were given a different set of commandments? I didn’t know that. Why are they different and how?
Do you know what the First Amendment actually says, as opposed to your anti-Christian interpretation? Clue: it doesn’t say that Congress shall make laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion.
YES!! We need more.
No, but it does say that government shall make no laws respecting the establishment of a religion. If Virginis posts a version of the 10 Commandments unique to a particular sect then they are establishing that sect above the others. And that is unconstitutional. And lest you think that this is my observation alone then let me quote James Madison: "Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects?" - Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, 1785
“Congess shall make no law”. Not Virginia. So while the VA Supreme Court has the final word on this, NO FEDERAL COURT has an ounce of jurisdiction.