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Holy Moses! The Battle Over Separation of Church and State

Louisiana is facing a lawsuit over a new law that requires schools to display the Ten Commandments from the Bible in every classroom. The suit comes from the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.


Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signed the law on Wednesday. It specifies the exact version of the Ten Commandments and requires them to be displayed in school classrooms in any school that is state-funded, including colleges and universities.

The ACLU says this “violates the separation of church and state and is blatantly unconstitutional.” Proponents of the law say that it doesn’t because the commandments do not promote any one religion. I wonder if that will be hard to defend in court given the first four commandments are all about respecting one particular god, namely the Christian one.

It will be interesting to watch this litigation play out in the year 2024.

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