Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Friday, April 21, 2023

This will be challenged:


Public schools would have to display Ten Commandments under bill passed by Texas Senate 

"Public schools in Texas would have to prominently display the Ten Commandments in every classroom starting next school year under a bill the Texas Senate approved Thursday. Senate Bill 1515 by Sen. Phil King, R-Weatherford, now heads to the House for consideration. 

 This is the latest attempt from Texas Republicans to inject religion into public schools. In 2021, state Sen. Bryan Hughes, a Mineola Republican, authored a bill that became law requiring schools to display donated “In God We Trust” signs."

"You might be thinking 'They can't do that.'
You might be thinking 'That's unconstitutional.' 

Well it is, but they did it, despite the fact that a Supreme Court verdict back in 1980, Stone v. Graham, determined that it violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution when Kentucky tried the exact same thing. 

Conservative Republicans have been steadily chipping away at the norms and laws that protect our nation's most vulnerable citizens, like how they did away with crucial segment from the Voting Rights Act, and how they just overturned Roe v Wade. 

Laws like this will negatively affect students who do not share the same religious beliefs as the majority of students, and could even stigmatize them as lesser members of the student body." --Really American


(DISCLAIMER, I am not a religious believer, this came from the internet, and is used to make a point.)


Les Carpenter said...

Simply unbelievable. Soon there will be a statue of Christ in every school and government building.

Perhaps study hour will become prayer hour and every student will be required to read passages in the bible.

The push back from those fearful of the changes occuring in our country and the greater world will only get stronger in the US.

It will be interesting as Buddhism develops deeper roots in the US and throughout the western world to witness how Christians react. Especially in the US.

Dave Dubya said...

Frank Zappa called it back in 1986:

In 1986, during an appearance on the CNN show "Crossfire," Zappa debated censorship with conservative commentators Robert Novak and John Lofton.

His full comments:

The biggest threat to America today is not communism, it's moving America toward a fascist theocracy, and everything that's happened during the Reagan administration is steering us right down that pipe. [...] When you have a government that prefers a certain moral code derived from a certain religion and that moral code turns into legislation to suit one certain religious point of view, and if that code happens to be very very right wing, almost toward Attila the Hun.

Mike said...

The ACLU should be jumping all over this.

I'll wait for the first teacher to put up the required display and then put up another 10 or twenty competing religions alongside it.

Howard Brazee said...

You're free to be a "Christian", but not one with the values that the Bible shows Jesus Christ to have.

Those Christians don't count. They aren't part of the Christian Right's identity.

Mike said...

And post the christain commandments on the back wall of the room and all the other religions on the front wall.