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Ten Commandments would be required in public classrooms under bill passed by Texas Senate
By HatetheSwamp
April 22, 2023 7:47 am
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The Senate passed the bill in a 17-12 vote along party lines. It now heads to the GOP-led House.

The Senate this week passed two other Republican-sponsored bills focused on religion in schools.

One measure would allow schools to adopt policies requiring time for students and employees to participate in prayer and Bible reading.

The other, sponsored by state Sen. Tan Parker that garnered broad bipartisan support, would ensure school employees' rights to "engage in religious speech or prayer while on duty."

In a statement Thursday night, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said, I will never stop fighting for religious liberty in Texas. Allowing the Ten Commandments and prayer back into our public schools is one step we can take to make sure that all Texans have the right to freely express their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Opponents, however, said the state should not be involved.


BTW, on issues of law...for those few of you who care about truth and don't want to be libpreached to, NBC is the place to go.

Gang,

FYI, pb thinks this Ten Commandments bill is, as po'd say, blatantly, as po'd say, effin [but po'd use the real word] unconstitutional.

pb thinks the law would be bad for Texas and bad for Christianity.

And, pb thinks the whole thing is interesting because illustrates the diversity in the GOP that our resident SS GOP hater, isle, refuses to acknowledge...

...because some GOPs would oppose this sort of bill right out of the blocks.

Alas, truly, the GOP is the home of openness and inclusion, tolerance and acceptance, diversity and, most of all FREETHINKING. pb's guess is that, in many states, some GOPs'd oppose this bill in their state legislature. Yet, in some states, like Texas, there'd be 100% support.

pb assumes the law will be challenged in court and get to the Supreme Court. And, pb guesses that even this Court would find it unconstitutional. It's a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

But, we'll see.


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  1. by oldedude on April 22, 2023 3:22 pm
    Lead, I agree with pb.

    I worry about that. Although there are some things out of the 10 commandments that should be taught (please! don't mention that's what they are, It's just good sense). Things like treat your neighbor right. Treat your parents right. Be of good ethics. Don't steal. Things like that which need kids to learn. I grew up with "yes ma'am" and "yessir." Did it hurt me? no. Did it teach me to respect people even though I didn't care for them? yes. It also taught me to treat people the way they want to be treated.

    I can remember in grade school, religion was brought up randomly but rarely. And then you could actually talk about the Bible.


  2. by HatetheSwamp on April 22, 2023 3:54 pm

    Well, true, OD. I doubt that even our resident lapsed Catholic opposes the content of the Ten Commandments. Good stuff there. But, as the Ten Commandments. Based on the way the lib Supreme Court understood the import of the 14th Amendment, the Texas law would be the government establishing religion.

    Last year, the Supreme Court all but erased the 14th Amendment and rediscovered the 10th so the law could stand. I don't think it's a good idea.


  3. by oldedude on April 22, 2023 5:48 pm
    Yes, I absolutely agree to that. It's illegal and unconstitutional. It really is that simple.


  4. by Curt_Anderson on April 22, 2023 7:20 pm
    It seems like an exercise in futility to try make the Ten Commandments a public school requirement, but I suspect these Republican politicians know that. It's the worst kind of cynical politics.

    There are only three commandments that bear any relation to our laws, "thou shall not kill (murder)", "thou shall not steal" and "thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor" in some case, namely perjury and defamation.


  5. by HatetheSwamp on April 23, 2023 3:27 am

    So, Curt. You wanna give us your wife's contact info?, because, apparently, you don't oppose adultery! Baha baha.


  6. by oldedude on April 23, 2023 5:55 am
    Which BTW is a chargeable crime in the military, and justifiable homicide in some states. Many people also believe porn is adultery. So there's that.


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