Ten Commandments Displays Removed From KY Schools

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has succeeded in forcing a school system in Jackson, Kentucky to remove Ten Commandments displays from classrooms throughout the district. The Kentucky State Board of Education sent out instructions saying they had to be taken down:

“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 A school or district that displays copies of the Ten Commandments without the inclusion of other historical documents and not as part of a historical/comparative display is in violation of the U.S. Constitution.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.”

I’d be willing to bet that the school will now attempt to put them back up, but with other “historical documents” alongside them that have nothing to do with one another. That’s been the dodge they’ve used for years to try to find a loophole through the First Amendment.

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  • Sastra

    When school districts put up the Ten Commandments as part of an historical display are any of the other documents derived from myth or religion? Are there any other lists or quotes on morality? Or does everything else have to do with the law or actual history, thereby blurring the distinction in the child’s mind?

  • dingojack

    OK I’ve gotta ask – when they removed the tablets – did they use KY, or someother lube?


  • lldayo

    @dingojack – No, I believe it was forced. I’m sure there was some moaning going on but it’s probably a big stretch to say they were very happy about it over all.

  • They could try what the Giles County school board did to eventually settle the complaint against them … they removed the actually text of the Commandments and substituted a page out of a textbook which had a picture of two tablets with Hebrew lettering and a mealy-mouthed statement: “The values found in the Bible, including the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus, inspired American ideas about government and morality.”

    Weak tea is apparently better than no tea at all.

  • left0ver1under

    If the “ten condiments” (mustard, relish, pepper, ketchup, etc.) are going to be put up as “historical documents”, then perhaps someone needs to demand the Code of Hammurabi as a historical document, since it predates the bible by about 1300 years. The “ten” are no better than third hand rewrite of the CoH which served as a legal system for centuries.

  • lordshipmayhem

    I was unaware that any brand of personal lubricant had a school system… 😛

  • stace

    We kind of have the same thing going on in another Jackson…Ohio, that is, with a Jesus portrait that has been moved from the old high school to the middle school to the new high school. Not sure why they keep moving it like that, guess it’s like a moving target, harder to hit or something.

  • “without the inclusion of other historical documents’ – since when’s the Ten Commandments historical?? (or a document, for that matter)

  • busterggi



    April 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm (UTC -4) Link to this comment

    I was unaware that any brand of personal lubricant had a school system… 😛

    Consider yourself schooled.