Education Editorial: 10 commandments in schools

By: Bill Bosher - email

Giles County Public Schools is in the news again. Since 2010 they have been embroiled in a public and legal controversy over the Ten Commandments.

A bit of history, first the Ten Commandments were posted in schools and following a student complaint they were taken down. The subsequent outcry was louder than the first…so the school board played Solomon and put them up again as a part of a display of historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.

This still offended one anonymous student whose cause was taken to the Federal Courts by the ACLU. The argument focuses on the First Amendment "wall of separation between church and state"…but there is no First Amendment reference to a "wall of separation."

This phrase was first written by President Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. The First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The common sense translation would seem to be that the government may not require a religion, and it can't prohibit you from exercising yours.

To add more mystery to this case, the Federal Judge has now required Giles County and the ACLU to mediate the issue…and has suggested that they might drop the four Commandments that reference God…the newly approved Six Commandments.

Now let's look at this logically, an anonymous student can use the Federal Courts to abbreviate the Ten Commandments before they can be posted in schools. This is not mediation…it is desecration… and perhaps capitulation!

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