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Constitutional Commandment: Virginia School Board Obeys First Amendment – At Least For Now

Good news from Giles County, Va.! It looks as though local school board members may have decided not to waste precious financial resources on a church-state lawsuit they were almost certain to lose.

On Tuesday, Ten Commandments posters in all local schools came down.

That may mean the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Virginia ACLU will not be taking this constitutional violation into court. Read more

Commandments Clash: Va. County Has One Last Chance To Avoid A Lawsuit – And Should Take It

Public education officials in Giles County, Va., can’t say they weren’t warned.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) wrote to school officials recently telling them to remove Ten Commandments displays from the schools. The officials were also advised by their own attorney to take down the religious posters.

At first, they did. But when members of the community complained, the school board voted to put the Ten Commandments back into the schools. Read more

A Commandment For An Ohio Judge: Thou Shalt Not Promote Religion In Court!

Yesterday a federal appeals court in Ohio ruled against a state judge in Richland County who had erected a religious display in his courtroom.

James DeWeese, a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, had put up a display entitled “Philosophies of Law in Conflict” that contrasted the “Moral Absolutes” of the Ten Commandments with the “Moral Relatives” of humanism. Read more

Staver’s Raving: Liberty U. Law Dean Goes On A Tear About AU

Is Americans United  “out to literally destroy America”?

Mat Staver says so.

In an interview last week, Staver, dean of Liberty University’s School of Law, went on a tear about AU’s lawsuit addressing a Ten Commandments display in Johnson County, Tenn. Read more

Crusade In The Classroom: Clashes Over Religion In Public Schools Plague Georgia And Texas

Disputes over religion in public schools are perennial. Some people, it seems, just won’t accept that fact that public schools are for teaching, not preaching.

Three recent developments bear watching.

First off, in Texas, the state legislature may be on the verge of another go-round in the ever-popular “let’s-display-the-Ten-Commandments-in-the-public-schools” crusade. Read more

Moore’s The Pity: Former Alabama ‘Commandments’ Judge Is Still Angling For Attention

Alabama “Commandments Judge” Roy Moore doesn’t let too much time go by before he cries out for some more attention.

Yesterday, he was quoted in a Birmingham News blog, in which he offered another anti-church-state separation rant. The blog was about a letter Americans United sent to an Alabama school board opposing official prayers before meetings. Read more

Dubious Display: Oklahoma County Religious Monument Violated Church-State Separation And Promoted Bad History

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday did us all a favor by declining to hear a case from Haskell County, Okla., concerning the display of the Ten Commandments on public property. Read more

Mimicking Moore?: Ohio Judge Picks Up Fight For Decalogue Display

Does Ohio Judge James DeWeese really want his future judicial career to be as bleak as former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore?

DeWeese was told by a federal judge last week that his self-designed Ten Commandments poster cannot be displayed in his courtroom. This is the second time a court has ordered the Richland County judge to remove a Decalogue display.

Hearing about DeWeese got us thinking here today about another non-compliant judge and Religious Right favorite, Roy Moore. Read more

Commandments Caper: Louisiana Town Permits Decalogue In Park

I've always been skeptical of psychics, palm-readers and other prognosticators who claim to see the future, but today I'm going to gaze into my crystal ball and deliver a message to officials in Baker, La.: You are going to be sued very soon.

Furthermore, you are going to lose. Read more

Decalogue Decision: Baptists Urge Gov. Henry To Veto Commandments Bill

The Religious Right would have us think that only atheists support the separation of church and state. In fact, thoughtful believers and non-believers alike back this basic principle of American life.

Consider the battle over a proposed Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol in Oklahoma. The legislature there has approved a measure mandating the display of a Protestant version of the Decalogue. Read more

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