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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:14 AM

A State Rep. Wants Ten Commandments Posted in Public Schools, Because Republicans Say So

In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court answered the question of whether the U.S. Constitution allows the Ten Commandments to be displayed on government property with a resounding It depends. In a pair of decisions handed down on the same day, the court ruled both that a Ten Commandments display at the Texas Capitol passed constitutional muster while those adorning the walls of rural Kentucky courthouses did not.

The main difference in those cases was intent. The Texas monument had been erected in 1961 and had stood unchallenged for 40 years, which was proof enough for Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote the majority opinion, that it did not amount to an endorsement by the state of a particular religion. In Kentucky, the displays were more recent and a thinly veiled endorsement of Judeo-Christian monotheism which the court found, by a 5-4 margin, violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.

Requiring the Commandments to be displayed at public schools is another matter. The Supreme Court settled that question more than three decades ago, ruling that such a mandate "had no secular legislative purpose" and was "plainly religious in nature."

State Rep. Phil Stephenson, a Houston-area Republican, is undeterred. On Monday, he filed a resolution calling for the Ten Commandments to be displayed at public schools and government buildings. Public prayer and frequent use of the word "God" would also be encouraged.

More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/02/a_state_rep_filed_a_bill_calli.php?ref=trending .

[font color=green]Filed as House Concurrent Resolution No. 58.[/font]

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Reply A State Rep. Wants Ten Commandments Posted in Public Schools, Because Republicans Say So (Original post)
TexasTowelie Feb 2013 OP
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:21 AM

1. Fine. But they also have to post a pentagram with the following

 

next to it:

Do as you will and harm none.
AND
Ever mind the rule of three:
Three times your acts return to thee.
This lesson well, thou must learn:
Thou only gets what thee dost earn.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:15 AM

2. Show me that it does some good in Austin

before we waste money all over the state with an unfunded mandate.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:46 AM

3. For sure Republicans should print only 9 commandments, and eliminate all references to false witness.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:49 AM

4. Stephen Colbert had one of these Commandmentos on his show

About halfway through the interview, Stephen (who, in character, is a Right Wing fanatic) said: "I agree with you. Lets recite the Ten Commandments together in order..."

Crickets. When put under pressure, the guest couldn't name a single Commandment.

Stephen, BTW, teaches Sunday school.

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