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.
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.