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 A school or district that displays copies of the Ten Commandments without the inclusion of other historical documents and not as part of a historical/comparative display is in violation of the U.S. Constitution.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I’d be willing to bet that the school will now attempt to put them back up, but with other “historical documents” alongside them that have nothing to do with one another.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.