Monday, January 24, 2011

Why does this keep happening? Virginia school district posts Ten Commandments

Are these people living in the dark ages? Don't they have newspapers and the Internet?

A Virginia school district is restoring the Ten Commandments to their classroom walls in spite of being told by their own lawyers that it's illegal.

There are so many aspects of this that baffle me that it's hard to know where to begin.

Do they really think this is going to convince their children to believe in God and stay in their faith? Is their regular Sunday (and often Wednesday) church not enough?

Don't they have better ways to spend their money ... like on the kids' educations? This is certain to spark a lawsuit that will cost the school district money. Is this some sort of weird school district that has too much money and needs to waste it?

And finally, do they know they're teaching their kids to disrespect their country and Constitution? The school board is breaking the law, plain and simple. The United States Supreme Court has made a definitive ruling: schools cannot display the Ten Commandments in this fashion. Does the school board really want the kids to think that they're above the law? Do they want to show the kids that it's OK to show disrespect for our Constitution and our Supreme Court?


  1. I often hear that the ten commandments are "just really good guidelines, whoever you are."
    And I guess that could be a valid argument. But they aren't good guidelines because they're religious. They're good guidelines because they're human.
    Most of the commandments are religious though, and I hardly see how any of them apply to a typical school setting.

  2. About three of the commandments are good morality guidelines. But three is far from enough in our modern society. Maybe the students could help the school to make a much more detailed list of commandments, including all those things that god ommited. You know, things about slavery, homophobia, etc. I'm talking about a list that would seem way godlier than that primitive, simplistic stuff in the bible.

  3. Anonymous, I couldn't agree with you more. Not only does The Ten Commandments dictate religion, but it covers topics children don't need to concern themselves with. It talks about having no God before Yahweh, it tells children not to murder anyone, it asks them not to covet their neighbor's wife, it tells them not to commit adultery, don't take the Lord's name in vain, and to honor the Sabbath.

    It's scary that there is a community out there that thinks this kind of ruleset has any place in a government-funded institution. If my child was in the same situation I'd find another way to get them educated. I will not allow my child to be indoctrinated by religious zealots.

  4. The problem is, until you start really punishing these school boards, they're going to keep doing it because there is no responsibility. If you put them in jail for violating a court order, then they'll stop. Until then, they can keep breaking the law with impunity and since the money they're spending isn't theirs, they don't care.


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