Louisiana to Require Ten Commandments in Classrooms

Atheists Vow to Sue Governor

Louisiana has become the first state in the nation to require public schools to post the Ten Commandments in classrooms. Gov. Jeff Landry signed the bill into law Wednesday.

The GOP-drafted legislation mandates that a poster-sized display of the Ten Commandments in “large, easily readable font” be required in all public classrooms, from kindergarten to state-funded universities.

“The Pelican State has rightly recognized the history and tradition of the Ten Commandments in the state,” said First Liberty Institute attorney Matt Krause.

Krause recently testified at the Ohio legislature in support of a similar bill.

“Putting this historic document on schoolhouse walls is a great way to remind students of the foundations of American and Louisiana law. First Liberty was grateful to play a part in helping this bill reach the Governor’s desk. We applaud Louisiana for being the first, but by no means the last, state to take this bold step for religious liberty.”

The displays, which will be paired with a four-paragraph “context statement” describing how the Ten Commandments “were a prominent part of American public education for almost three centuries,” must be in place in classrooms by the start of 2025.

The posters would be paid for through donations. State funds will not be used to implement the mandate, based on language in the legislation.

Atheist groups are vowing to sue Louisiana – alleging that posting the Ten Commandments is against the law. Should the case make it to the Supreme Court things could get awkward. There are at least three massive monuments to the Ten Commandments in the Supreme Court building.

If teachers can post rainbow flags and LGBT propaganda in their classrooms they can certainly make room for the Ten Commandments.

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