Kentucky school district forced to take down signs displaying the Ten Commandments

480px-Rembrandt_-_Moses_with_the_Ten_Commandments_-_Google_Art_ProjectAnother day, another controversy over religion in our public schools.

A Kentucky school district was forced to remove signs displaying the Ten Commandments from its schools this week after receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization that works to promote the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.

The FFRF’s letter claimed that by hanging the signs in several of their schools, including the high school, the Breathitt County School District was acting unconstitutionally and violating state law. The letter also alleged that the signs had been on display in the schools for years.

Officials from the Kentucky Board of Education also released a statement in response to the FFRF’s letter:

“The display of religious materials, such as a painting of a religious figure or a copy of the Ten Commandments, in a public school violates the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on the establishment or endorsement of religion by a public agency. A school or district that displays copies of the Ten Commandments without the inclusion of other historical documents and not as part of a historical/comparative display is in violation of the U.S. Constitution. See the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding on this issue in Stone v. Graham, 449 U.S. 39, 101 S.Ct. 192 (1980). The Kentucky Department of Education’s focus in Breathitt County is on student achievement and college and career readiness and using its resources to support those efforts.”

Not everyone in this eastern Kentucky school district is happy by the school district’s decision to take down the signs, however.

“I am totally against it. I think that we need the Ten Commandments in the schools,” local resident Mary Lou Campbell told CBS affiliate WYMT. “I think all kids should learn it. It is everybody’s choice what they believe.”

“It makes me angry, because my grandchildren – I want them to have the traditional Christian upbringing,” she added.

Comments

Comments

  1. MicahG. says:

    It would be one thing if Atheists could come up with some sort of alternative values system. Instead what you have are a bunch of snivelling whelps, whining and crying about how icky it makes them feel to be forced to entertain the idea that they aren’t the center of the universe. I would be thoroughly amazed if I found out that there was more than one citizen that was offended, possibly a husband and wife(not likely though as religion is the evil behind the notion of marriage). Christians in this country are going to have to relocate their cajones. I wanna vomit everytime I see another community sit idly by as they are abused by these morally bankrupt narcissists. When is a community going to come together and tell these people, not”no”, but “Hell NO!, you destroy your community and stay out of ours.

    1. Brian Westley says:

      Wow, talk about narcissistic MicahG, you take the cake. You actually think the government via public schools ought to ignore the constitution of the United States and violate the religious rights of everyone else in order to push YOUR religion on other people’s children.

Polititainment

Secret Service once threatened Mr. Met's life

Mr. Met sure has a lot of fans in New York. But the larger-than-life mascot definitely doesn't have one in the Secret Service, who threatened to shoot and kill him if he approached President Bill Clinton, according to a firsthand account.

Jill Biden on Joe: "I fell in love with the boys first"

Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden didn't marry Vice President Joe Biden for his sense of humor -- instead, she "fell in love" with his two sons first.

Joe Biden's first Instagram photo

Ladies and gentlemen of this great nation, rejoice! Vice President Joe Biden has joined Instagram -- and his first post is everything you ever dreamed it would be.

Celebrate Tax Day with this ditty

What better way to celebrate curse Tax Day than with a little toe-tapping, finger-snapping ditty that perfectly describes how we all feel about the Internal Revenue Service?

Joy Behar roasts Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) may need some ice for a few burns he sustained from former "The View" host Joy Behar, as the comedian delivered an awkward roast of the 2016 presidential hopeful.

White House

Jay Carney: “Never been a more transparent administration”

Despite consistent objections by journalists that the White House overly restricts press access, Press Secretary Jay Carney believes that there has "never been a more transparent administration."

Jay Carney: Toughest interview for Obama in 2012 was with Jon Stewart

Give comedian Jon Stewart a gold star sticker. The host of The Daily Show was President Barack Obama's toughest interviewer during the 2012 election cycle, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.

The most powerful selfie in the world

Joe Biden — he's just like you, and he takes selfies, too.

Obama: Republicans a threat to the right to vote

President Barack Obama slammed Republicans on Friday for supporting voter identification law and labeled the GOP as a threat to the right to vote.

Republicans renew fight against Obamacare as Sebelius resigns

FOX NEWS -- Republicans responded to news of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation from the Obama administration on Thursday with fresh calls to repeal the president's health care law.

Read more at FOX News.

Congress

Rep Black: GOP budget makes a path to a bright future

Our nation is $17.4 trillion in debt and out of control Washington spending has no end in sight. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that on our current trajectory we will return to $1 trillion annual budget deficits by the year 2022.

Cruz: Impeach Holder

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pulled no punches when criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, as he called on Congress to impeach the Department of Justice head.

Pelosi: GOP not acting on immigration because of race

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pulled the race card when speaking about Republicans' inaction in passing comprehensive immigration reform and said "race has something to do" with the GOP not bringing such legislation to the House floor.

House passes Ryan's budget plan

The House on Thursday passed a 10-year Republican spending plan drafted by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

Read more at The Washington Examiner.

Harry Reid's Koch-fueled meltdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been in a Koch-fueled rage, seizing moments left and right (mostly from the left) to bash Charles and David Koch.